Grupo Vidanta has again denied diverting the Ameca River bed to the artificial lagoons of the theme park it is building in partnership with Cirque du Soleil in the town of Jarretaderas, municipality of Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit.
Through a statement, the company said that its construction principle is that of a sustainable company with an ecological commitment.
The statement was issued after accusations and complaints were made by the inhabitants of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, about the environmental impact that the construction of the theme park would have in the area.
Locals and activists have assured that the construction of this project would cause greater risks of flooding in the community and fractionation bordering the tourist development and the river, a natural border between the states of Jalisco and Nayarit.
They point out that this park would cause the blockade of access to the beaches, the alteration of the flow of the Ameca River, among other environmental and social consequences.
Vidanta affirmed that they have never diverted the river’s natural course and that their annual desilting works, as well as the protection works on the banks of the river, benefit thousands of people in the community.
In the press release published Thursday, “because the government did not always have the resources to continue the desilting, Grupo Vidanta decided to pay with its own resources the construction of containment mechanisms through a board of more than 3 kilometres in length”.
The development of their projects, they assure, does not require the diversion of the Ameca River, “the river is intact.”
As for the artificial lakes that are being excavated on the banks of the river near the new site of the theme park, Vidanta said that “they act as regulatory vessels and additional protection against a possible overflow”.
In mid-2014, Grupo Vidanta announced, together with the Canadian company Cirque du Soleil, its plans to build the first thematic amusement park in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit.
The project includes a Cirque du Soleil theme park, three hotels, a water park and a theatre to stage shows.
ReporteIndigo publishes in one of its investigations into this tourism development, “have incurred serious violations for the communities surrounding their construction projects without there being a sanction or investigation at any level of government “.
On January 9, 2017, PVDN published similar concerns, in which Vidanta’s legal department responded with a letter to cease negative publication or face legal actions.
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