Billionaire will rebuild collapsed subway overpass in Mexico City



Lopez Obrador stated throughout his day by day press briefing on Wednesday that he met with Slim, and that the billionaire assured the President that his development agency “can pay for all the things” wanted for the reconstruction of Mexico Metropolis’s Subway Line 12 overpass.

“He’ll maintain the reconstruction of the complete [subway line] stretch, ensuring that it will get finished with all the mandatory security [measures] without charge to the [Mexican] folks and with out asking [the government] for a price range,” Lopez Obrador stated.

Slim “won’t look forward to the judicial [final investigation findings],” and can start coordinating with Mexico Metropolis Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum “in order that in a 12 months” the road can be open and operational as soon as once more, Lopez Obrador added.

The Carlos Slim Basis declined to touch upon Lopez Obrador’s assertion when reached by CNN, as did Mexico Metropolis authorities.

Dozens of individuals misplaced their lives when an elevated portion of Line 12 often called the “Golden Line” collapsed in Mexico Metropolis on Could 3.

The subway line had been touted as one of the vital costly and impressive public works tasks in Mexican historical past when it was inaugurated in October 2012.

The extremely publicized ribbon-cutting was attended by the who’s-who of Mexican politics and energy on the time, together with then-president Felipe Calderón and Marcelo Ebrard, who was then in his final days as Mexico Metropolis’s mayor and is now international minister.

Carlos Slim, the proprietor of one of many development corporations concerned, was additionally there.

Now, an impartial investigation by the Norwegian agency DNV and a separate investigation by the native legal professional’s workplace are wanting into the causes of the lethal collapse, in addition to these concerned within the development venture, together with Slim himself.

Based on the investigation’s preliminary findings, poor welding of metallic studs, which apparently weren’t nicely related to metal beams supporting a concrete slab and the elevated practice rails, was amongst a variety of points that contributed to the Could four incident.

The report stated lacking metallic studs in some sections of the construction, totally different sorts of concrete used for the slab and unfinished or badly welded joints had been a few of the different components that brought on the raised railway to buckle, sending two subway carriages plummeting to the streets beneath.

Reporting contributed by CNN’s Natalie Gallon and Karol Suarez in Mexico Metropolis.


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