December 24 - A judge in central Mexican state Jalisco today ordered a halt to work on the Athletes' Village being built for the 2011 Pan American Games on environmental grounds.

The State Administration Tribunal said that construction in Zapopan, one of three local authorities in the Guadalajara conurbation, represents a risk for the city's water supply and for nearby forest La Primavera, following an appeal by Consciencia Civil (CC), a non-Government organisation that applied for an injunction.

Court documents issued today indicated that the work must be halted immediately, but that the court will consider the case in detail once the Christmas and New Year holidays are over. 

The order says the judge had erred on the side of caution because the application arrived at regional court offices during the holiday period.

CC's President, Cosio Gaona,said that the organisation had sought the injunction because of contracting illegalities and fears of severe ecological damage, because the housing complex will have a population density of 320 people per hectare in an area which can officially only support 50 residents per hectare.

Guadalajara is undertaking a major $250 million (£156 million) urban renewal programme ahead of the Games, including building a new convention center, upgrading the highway to nearby Pacific coast resort Puerto Vallarta, and creating a new mass transit system, the Macrobus.

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