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Mexico’s President Says Carlos Slim Would possibly Assist Rebuild Collapsed Metro Line

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MEXICO CITY — The enterprise tycoon Carlos Slim is keen to restore a part of Mexico Metropolis’s subway system, the nation’s president stated Wednesday, after investigations discovered that shoddy work by Mr. Slim’s engineering agency had brought on a part of a metro line to break down final month, killing 26 folks.

Nevertheless it was not clear whether or not that meant Mr. Slim would take in any of the price of fixing the road, which failed lower than 9 years after it opened.

The outcomes of a government-commissioned probe carried out by DNV, a Norwegian danger administration firm, and launched final week, supported the findings of an investigation printed simply days earlier by The New York Occasions. Each The Occasions’s and DNV’s investigations discovered that critical development flaws led to the collapse of an overpass in Mexico Metropolis’s subway system, together with issues with the welding and placement of steel studs, which have been linchpins of the whole construction.

Talking at a information convention on Wednesday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke of the pressing have to “rehabilitate the road as quickly as doable as a result of greater than 300,000 folks journey” on it every day. Mexico Metropolis’s subway is the second largest within the Americas, after New York Metropolis’s.

The president added that he was talking to the businesses that constructed Line 12, the portion of the metro system that skilled the overpass collapse, to repair it and restore service as quickly as doable.

The federal government might take them to courtroom in an try to drive them to foot the invoice, however that might take years and the outcomes could be unsure.

“There may be willingness from Carlos Slim, which I rejoice,” Mr. López Obrador stated, however he didn’t elaborate. The president added that, whereas he had “variations” with Mr. Slim, the businessman was socially aware and wished to assist.

Carso Group, Mr. Slim’s huge conglomerate that features the engineering firm that constructed the a part of Line 12 that collapsed, declined to touch upon the president’s remarks. The conglomerate is a sprawling empire that features shops, a telecommunications firm and Carso Infrastructure and Development, considered one of Mexico’s largest engineering firms, which constructed Line 12 as half of a bigger consortium.

Though Mr. López Obrador has championed himself as an anti-elitist chief and a defender of Mexico’s poor, he maintains a detailed relationship with Mr. Slim, one of many world’s wealthiest folks (and who was beforehand a big shareholder and creditor of The New York Occasions Firm).

The New York Occasions investigation into the metro accident discovered that poor development, together with sloppily poured concrete, unhealthy welding and haphazardly positioned, incorrectly put in studs, led to the overpass collapse.

Echoing the Occasions’s investigation, DNV discovered that too few studs have been used to fuse the construction collectively, and their placement was inconsistent, one thing that “contradicts the design” of the overpass, in keeping with the report.

Oscar Lopez contributed reporting.

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