DMCI keen on LRT-2 port extension

DMCI Holdings Inc. of the Consunji family wants to join the auction for the contract to build the LRT Line 2 extension to the port area in Manila.

DMCI senior vice president Luis Pastor told reporters the company was keen in joining the bidding for the P10.12-billion LRT 2 West Extension Project.

“We will join as long as it is competitive,” Pastor said.

The board of the National Economic and Development Authority in May approved the project of the Transportation Department.

The project involves the design and construction for the extension of the existing LRT Line 2, which  will run from Recto Station extending westward to Pier 4 area, including the turn-back track.

It will have a total length of approximately 3.02 kilometers and with three proposed additional stations that include  Tutuban Station (located next to the Cluster Mall); Divisoria Station (located west of the Recto Avenue and Asuncion Street intersection; and Pier 4 Station (located 50 meters north of Zaragoza Street).

The project, which will be locally-financed is targeted to be implemented within 3.5 years.

“We have just secured approval to proceed with the project and once this is completed, travel from East to West of Metro Manila and vice versa will be easier,” Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.

Transportation earlier said it would schedule the auction of the LRT Line 2 West Extension in the first quarter of 2016.

DMCI bagged the contract to construct a 3.9-kilometer elevated guideway for the LRT-2 East Extension from the railway’s current end-station in Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag in Cainta, Rizal with a winning bid of P2.27 Billion.

DMCI has 18 months to complete the civil works for the elevated guideway or viaduct.

The  project will be operational by the third quarter of 2017. It is expected to cater daily to an additional 75,000 passengers living in densely populated areas of Rizal.

Transportation is alsobidding out the operations and maintenance of the existing LRT Line 2 under a Public-Private Partnership scheme.

Interested groups which have purchased invitation documents for the project’s pre-qualification stage include DMCI, San Miguel Corp., GT Capital Holdings Inc., Light Rail Manila Corp., Marubeni Corp., France’s RATP Development and Spain’s Globalvia.

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