Nearly 40,000 inhabitants of the Chiconautla Lagoon have serious drainage problems, a lack of drinking water and other services since, being in border conflicts, the area is no man’s land, the problems come from Ecatepec and Acolman, so it gave to know the deputy of the State of Mexico Azucena Cisneros Coss.
Questioned about the precarious conditions in which families in the area live, who in the rainy season have to walk through muddy mud and surround large puddles of contaminated water, the legislator who represents an electoral district of Ecatepec said that the local Chamber of Deputies It has already approved a request for the mayors of both municipalities to guarantee services and for the Water Commission of the State of Mexico to restart and conclude the construction of the semi-deep drainage.
After delivering a speech from the rostrum, he recalled that La Laguna de Chiconautla began to be populated in 1997, when the ejidatarios sold their plots to third parties to be divided up irregularly.
After 10 years of its inhabitants building their houses, in 2007, the ejidatarios of Santa María Chiconautla began to claim ownership of the properties, thus initiating a legal and social struggle of the neighbors to protect their heritage.
“25 years after La Laguna de Chiconautla was founded, today it is one of the poorest, most populated and marginalized neighborhoods in the State of Mexico, its approximately 40,000 inhabitants suffer a kind of segregation that limits their rights, they live isolated, without basic public services,” said Azucena Cisneros.
He regretted that the human right to public services is not guaranteed, essentially the right to potable water, drainage and sanitation, in an irregular community that, moreover, has the misfortune of being located in an area of municipal uncertainty due to conflict of territorial limits.
The legislator presented her points of view for this means of communication, after she received a group of residents of the aforementioned community, who went to the legislative compound to denounce the lack of public services and the lack of attention from municipal authorities.
“In the rainy season, the lack of drainage causes severe flooding, which affects thousands of families who lose their belongings, women and children walk on mud and water and, as if that were not enough, the lack of drinking water increases unsanitary conditions” .
He added that the supply of water through pipes is expensive and significantly affects their economy, which is why they have to ration it, recycle and reuse it, in addition to the fact that they have been victims of groups like Peasant Torch, who have profited for decades with their needs.
He affirmed that in the Rigoberta Menchú preschool, the Guillermo Prieto and Emiliano Zapata elementary schools, the Otilio Montaño secondary school and the official high school 228, teachers and students study with fetid odors due to the full and overflowing septic tanks.
He mentioned that in the rainy season, when patios and halls are flooded, it takes up to three months with stagnant water with slime in their dirt patios, which is why they constantly suffer from gastrointestinal diseases and skin infections.
He stated that after 25 years of fighting for their right to public services, the inhabitants achieved that on September 3, 2019, the Water Commission of the State of Mexico, will celebrate the Public Works Contract at Unit Prices and Fixed Time, with the company “ICA CONSTRUCTORA, SA DE CV”, for a first stage of construction of the semi-deep drainage of the Chiconautla Lagoon, for a total amount of 55.4 million pesos.
On March 10, 2020, the Water Commission of the State of Mexico delivered to the Construction Company 16.6 million pesos as an advance, to start the construction work of the semi-deep drainage.
However, the work was stopped on August 13, 2020 due to the social conflict that still persists with the ejidatarios of Santa María Chiconautla, who are demanding the payment of 6,000 pesos for each 120-square-meter plot and compensation of 5 million pesos by the State Government.
The ejidatarios filed the amparo number 427/2020-II, claiming the affectation of a thousand square meters belonging to their ejido due to the construction of a work called a carcamo, therefore, in accordance with the last paragraph of article 126 of the Law of Amparo , the Third District Judge of the State of Mexico, ex officio and flatly granted the suspension of the act claimed.
The deputy affirmed that the amparo trial had already been declared dismissed and concluded, for which reason its archive was ordered by agreement dated May 13, 2022. Therefore, there is no longer any legal impediment to continue as soon as possible with the works and conclude with the construction of the drainage of the Chiconautla Lagoon.
The Mexican Congress unanimously approved a request for the head of the Water Commission of the State of Mexico, urgently and immediately, to restart and conclude the construction of the semi-deep drainage.
Likewise, the call was made for the government of the State of Mexico and the municipalities of Acolman and Ecatepec, so that the scope of their powers guarantees the human right of the inhabitants of the Chiconautla Lagoon to access and dispose of water for personal and domestic consumption. , without any discrimination and in a sufficient, healthy, acceptable and affordable manner.
Added to the exhortation was the request of the deputy Elba Aldana to include the Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development and the National Institute of Sustainable Land with the intention of regularizing the property where the work must be carried out because it is owned by ejidal , and thus be able to continue with the construction of the collector.