- by travelpulse
- 30 Nov 2022
A local court has temporarily halted the construction of Cancun's new vehicular bridge to the hotel zone over environmental concerns.
Environmentalist groups have rejected the massive infrastructure project arguing its possible impact on local flora and fauna, especially in the biodiverse mangroves of the NichuptÃÂ© Lagoon.
The 250 million dollar flagship infrastructure project, Puente Vehicular NichuptÃÂ© (NichuptÃÂ© Vehicular Bridge), aims to connect Cancun's crowded hotel zone to the mainland downtown area with an 8.8-kilometer-long bridge, decreasing traffic congestion.
Even though Quintana Roo's government authorities approved the project, a local judge has suspended the works on the new bridge, claiming it lacks sufficient environmental studies for construction scheduled for 2024.
The group Defendiendo el Derecho al Medio Ambiente Sano (Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment or DMAS for its acronym in Spanish) endorsed the temporary suspension of the Urban Development Program of Cancun.
The group, which has actively opposed several other key projects, including the Maya Train, says the new bridge could potentially cause havoc on the rather delicate local ecosystem, destroying native habitats for regional species in the nearby lagoon.
After various problems of the Urban Development Program of the Municipality, the court ordered to suspension of the issuance of land use licenses, construction licenses, or expansion of buildings based on the Urban Development Program of Cancun. It also said that the construction permit - granted before by the office of the mayor of Benito JuÃÂ¡rez (Cancun) - would affect wetlands, mangroves, and cenotes.