Mexican judge orders halt on Pan-American Games construction

10:20, December 25, 2009      

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A judge in central Mexican state Jalisco on Thursday ordered a halt to work on the athlete's village being built for the 2011 Pan-American Games on environmental grounds.

The State Administration Tribunal said that construction in Zapopan, one of three local authorities in the Guadalajara conurbation, represents a risk for the city's water supply and for nearby forest La Primavera, according to a televised interview with Consciencia Civil(CC), a non-government organization that applied for an injunction on the work on Dec. 7.

Court documents issued to the media on Thursday indicated that the work must be halted immediately, but that the court will consider the case in detail once the Christmas and New Year holidays are over. The order says the judge had erred on the side of caution because the application arrived at regional court offices during the holiday period.

CC's president, Cosio Gaona, told media that the organization had sought the injunction because of contracting illegalities and fears of severe ecological damage, because the housing complex will have a population density of 320 people per hectare in an area which can officially only support 50 residents per hectare.

Guadalajara is undertaking a major urban renewal program ahead of the games, including building a new convention center, upgrading the highway to nearby Pacific coast resort Puerto Vallarta, and creating a new mass transit system, the Macrobus.

Earlier this year, Ivar Sisniega, the head of the Pan-American Games committee, told media that the city would spend around 250 million dollars preparing for the event.

Source: Xinhua

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