A business organization has added its voice to expressions of concern over unchecked development in Puerto Escondido where basic services are already overrun.
The recent announcement by President López Obrador that the Puerto Escondido-Oaxaca highway will be completed by November 29 generated both enthusiasm and concern on the part of Líderes Empresariales Impulsores del Desarrollo, or Business Leaders Driving Development.
José Rivera Espina, president of the statewide business group, acknowledged the importance of the project, but also raised the concern that Puerto Escondido could be overwhelmed by the lack of basic infrastructure.
His is the latest voice to warn of the inability of coastal tourist destinations to meet the demand for basic services, including drinking water and sewage treatment, in the face of an increase in the number of visitors.
Infrastructure problems could negatively impact the overall tourism experience and ultimately the tourism industry in the entire region, he warned.
Rivera stressed that the fundamental challenges to be addressed include the provision of adequate water and sewage treatment, as well as improvements to public lighting, communication networks and internet capacity.
“These issues must be resolved before the tourist influx increases significantly with the new ‘super-highway,'” he concluded.
With reports by ORO Noticias