Commuters between Mexico City and Toluca may be looking forward to reduced travel times on a new interurban passenger train service, but others are concerned that the train will cost some trees.
Residents of the Mexico City borough of Cuajimalpa de Morelos have been protesting against what they believe is ecocide.
Personnel with the federal Communications and Transportation Secretariat (SCT) began felling trees early Monday morning on a piece of land known as El Ocotal, described by neighbors as a natural protected area.
The works continued until yesterday morning when about 70 residents of the Lomas del Padre neighborhood entered the area and prevented the work from continuing.
The protesters asked to see permits that allowed cutting the trees but were told they could not be allowed to see them. However, they were advised, the Environment Secretariat and the environmental agency Profepa had issued all the permits required.
After Cuajimalpa borough authorities inspected the site, they too demanded the SCT reveal the permits or the project would run the risk of being suspended.
Neighbor Miguel Nava estimated that some 50 trees had been cut down.
Residents of Lomas del Padre and other nearby neighborhoods said they will remain vigilant.
“We do not want trees to be cut down because El Ocotal is essential for Mexico City . . . it is a natural protected area. We request the suspension of the work . . . and we want [the authorities] to propose an alternative plan because of the current environmental impact on the wooded area and because it also affects the aquifers,” said a neighborhood representative.
The Mexico City-Toluca train is scheduled to begin operating in mid-2018.
Source: La Jornada (sp)