The site of the new airport: water and ancient remains

Texcoco Airport: It is not clear how they are going to manage the water: Oscar Monroy Hermosillo

It will involve "throwing away" 60 years of construction of hydraulic works

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On 3rd September, Enrique Peña Nieto presented the project of a new airport, which will cost one hundred sixty-nine billion pesos.

Oscar Monroy Hermosillo, the former rector of the UAM Iztapalapa and Chairman of the Amecameca Rivers Basin Commission and the Company, explained that the airport is planned to be built on land which would represent a third of the area of the Nabor Carrillo Lake, which since the fifties "has shown great efficiency in regulating the water flow to the Federal District and has benefited biodiversity by being attractive to migrating birds."

He said that building in this area would "throw away" 60 years of the construction of hydraulic works; "It is not clear how they will manage the water and how they will supplement this great lake … there is no serious study of how they will dispense with Lake Texcoco as big vessel of regulation."

This new airport proposes to move 120 million people, Monroy Hermosillo said that it is not necessary to concentrate everything in one airport and that this should be seriously discussed.

He estimated that the budget for the construction of airfield could be a budget for smaller airports such as Santa Lucia, in Tizayuca in Toluca, etc. "Three points which would make the city more viable."

Another proposal that would make air traffic efficient is both to invest in the airports of the city of Mexico and to the north of the City in Tizayuca, but also in nearby airports such as Cuernavaca and Toluca and create transport networks for rapid transit connection between airports using trains.

He invited Oscar Monroy to include and discuss with the public, "more air transport is necessary, but at best that there is more than enough, it just needs to be done efficiently;" engineers and planners from Mexico City of Mexico were not consulted, he finished.


The airport will destroy archaeological and paleontological remains

Javier Salinas Cesareo, Correspondent

La Jornada, Thursday, 11 September 2014

Texcoco, Mex., September 10.


The construction of a new airport on the site of the former Lake Texcoco would destroy a vast area rich in archaeological and paleontological remains, along with evidence of the ways in which ancient human communities took advantage of the lake’s resources, said Luis Morett Alatorre, researcher at the Autonomous University of Chapingo.

The archaeologist said that the federal authorities have a quantity of information from research carried out in the lake bed in May and June 2003, along with specialists from the United States and India, who located more than 280 sites with traces of settlements or temporary or permanent camps, fragments of prehispanic pieces, ceramic and lithic material, construction debris, stilt houses for rituals and offerings and paleontological evidence.

“The area where they want to build the new airport is a vast area rich in archaeological and paleontological remains. The bed of Lake Texcoco, where the airport is planned, is an insufficiently explored area, only a small fraction at the south of the caracol was worked on 15 years ago,” the specialist said.

He stressed that he is aware that the federal government has already done some preliminary works on some internal roads on the bed of Lake Texcoco to begin constructing the conditions for the airport project, and that they could have destroyed remains.

“One can see how they have built banks, there are already new rough roads and they have built earthworks in this area; it should have been necessary prior to these works to inform the National Institute of Anthropology and History so they could, as appropriate, undertake the necessary rescue and salvage work.”


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