Mexico City’s hard-pressed water system was allocated funds while the success of Mexico’s disabled athletes at regional competitions highlighted the need for funding into sports infrastructure.

Interested in hearing more about this week’s top infrastructure headlines? Read on!

Water Sanitization Funding Receives Major Backing

Funding for improved sanitation, drainage and transport of water will be more than doubled by the Mexico City government from 2019 onwards, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, Government Secretary, told Congress on Sunday of last week.

While MX$3 billion were used for water treatment between 2015 and 2018, a little green bag of MX$300 million has so far been allocated to identifying leaks in the city’s water transport system. A program to modernize the city’s water treatment plants is also underway, together with the Mexican Institute of Water Technology and UNAM.

AMLO Announces Infrastructure Projects to Support Mexican Athletes with Disabilities

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced that MX$1.06 billion will be invested into infrastructure projects via the country’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports following Mexico’s success in the Pan American Games and Parapan American Games.

The infrastructure works will consist of 154 new builds, while 26 other national facilities will be upgraded.

Mayan Train Contracts Tightened

The director for Mexico’s National Fund for Tourism Promotion, Rogelio Jiménez Pons, has said that the companies that win construction contracts for the Mayan Train will be given total responsibility for the execution of their section. This way, said Pons, the companies will provide a better service and have the duty to look after their section for 30 years.

Pons pointed out that the recent conflicts surrounding public-private contracts in Mexico goes to prove you never can tell if projects will go as planned without ensuring contractual obligation.

Companies, including the renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, are contemplating the opportunity the Mayan Train offers.

Shared Network Moves Forward with a Bang

Two million people living in Tampico, Torreon and Culiacan have been incorporated into Mexico’s Shared Network program, the largest telecommunications project in the country’s history.

Altán Redes, the company in charge rolling out the nationwide initiative, is installing 4.5G networks in urban and rural areas of the country. The idea to enhance the country’s mobile internet coverage.

State Governors Request Federal Help for Infrastructure Projects

Various governors requested the help of the Office for Ministry of Economy to help propel the lagging infrastructure industry in their states.

The Minister of Economy, Arturo Herrera Gutierrez met several state leaders to discuss the funding and resumption of infrastructure projects that have been suspended in states including Tamaulipas and Baja California Sur.

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