Mexican govt rejects ICA landslide prevention project

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Mexico's environment ministry (Semarnat) has rejected a project submitted by construction company Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) aimed at preventing landslides on the Mexico City-Tuxpan highway, according to a resolution published in the ministry's gazette.

Resolution No. 21PU2016UD024 states that the project to solve slope stabilization on the Mexico City-Tuxpan highway was turned down. Semarnat has not yet released the details of the resolution so the reasons for the rejection have not yet been made public.

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The project entailed the construction of a cut-and-cover tunnel and a drainage gallery to avoid potential landslides on the Nuevo Necaxa-Avila Camacho stretch of the highway, according to local press reports.

The contract to build the Nuevo Necaxa-Tihuatlán sector of the highway, which includes the area in question, was granted by the federal government to a subsidiary of ICA in 2007.

Since then, various significant landslides have occurred on that section of the road during rains, reportedly as a result of construction errors on the part of ICA, according to local media.

ICA has been facing financial problems and its attempts to secure major infrastructure contracts in Mexico have largely been successful in recent times.