Transisthmic Corridor: Will it survive extortion?
The works of the Transisthmic Corridor in Oaxaca were stopped for 60 days by a group of six people from the community of Mogoñé in San Juan Guichicovi. These people blocked the work without justification, claiming to be affected and seeking compensation. Although no work had been done at that time, the blockades have been constant since the beginning of construction in 2019.
These blockades, carried out by organizations such as the Union of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone, Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo and the Coordinator of Peoples of the Isthmus in Resistance, have caused significant delays in the work. In addition, the presence of organized crime, particularly the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, has generated threats, kidnappings of personnel, thefts of materials and pressures on contractors.
These blockades and the influence of organized crime have increased construction costs and delays are estimated to be 9 to 15 months or even more. Although the corridor project dates back to 1907, it has faced various challenges over the years.
The objective of the Transisthmic Corridor is to rehabilitate the railway lines between Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos, build a road on that route and establish 10 development poles to attract industrial investment. The corridor is expected to have a travel time of less than six hours and transport a large number of containers per year.
For the Transisthmic Corridor to meet expectations and overcome challenges, it will be necessary to address the culture of extortion that has hindered its construction and could affect its operation. The participation of communities and the role of organized crime pose additional challenges. In addition, there is mention of Germán Larrea’s case, owner of Ferrosur, who has been accused of trying to obtain a large sum of money from the government in relation to the construction of the corridor.
García, J. (2023). Corredor Transístmico podrá sobrevivir a las extorsiones. El Economista. Recuperado de https://www.eleconomista.com.mx/opinion/Corredor-Transistmico-podra-sobrevivir-a-las-extorsiones-20230526-0001.html