Zaragoza Canal project stalled due to lack of resources



Chetumal, QR – The Zaragoza Canal rehabilitation has been temporarily suspended due to a lack of resources. The Chetumal Business Coordinating Council (CCE) announced earlier this week.

Eloy Quintal Jiménez, President of the CCE of Chetumal, said: “There is a collaboration agreement between the association and the government of Quintana Roo to provide resources and continue the work but there is a lack of resources due to the impact of the pandemic. ”

He stated that at the last meeting with representatives of the Navy in charge of the project, it was announced that de-oiling the canal represents an advance of only 10 percent, in addition to the environmental impact statement, which has a deadline of three if the If the project is delayed beyond this year, “it will hardly be possible to finish before 2022”.

The basic vision of Chetumal’s business community regarding the canal was to explode nautical tourism via private ships as well as the opportunity to offer Caribbean tours. There is currently no docking point in the southern area.

The Zaragoza Canal is an artificial sea route about 1.2 kilometers long that is used for the passage between the Caribbean Sea and Chetumal Bay. Quintal Jiménez says the canal project is to increase its depth by 3 meters and extend its length by 4.8 kilometers into the interior of Chetumal Bay for a lake passage. When completed, the canal would have a length of 6.3 kilometers.

The project should also include a wholesale freight terminal currently running through the Panama Canal to Chetumal. Work on the canal began in 2019, but work was suspended for several weeks due to the lack of a contribution from the state government.



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