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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DMCI construction arm snags contract to build LRT2 extension

D.M. Consunji Inc. has bagged a contract to extend the LRT2 eastward to Masinag in Cainta, Rizal.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said DMCI offered P2.27 billion to build a 3.9-kilometer elevated guideway for the LRT2 East Extension from the railway’s end-station at Santolan in Pasig City.

DOTC set a price ceiling of P2.39 billion for the project.

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

“Railway modernization entails improving infrastructure and shifting services towards better customer orientation. Our projects for LRT2 will make fast, affordable, and convenient transportation accessible to residents of the densely-populated parts of Rizal, such as Antipolo and Cainta,” Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.

Another LRT2 upgrade in the pipeline is the west extension from its Recto Station going to the port area in Manila. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) is evaluating the proposal.

The DOTC is also bidding out the LRT2's operation and maintenance (O&M) contract under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

The project will give the winning concessionaire the right to operate and maintain the existing 13.8-kilometer line for the next 10 to 15 years.

The existing line traverses the cities of Manila, San Juan, Quezon, Marikina and Pasig, but the project includes the 4.2-kilometer extension to Masinag, and any future extensions.

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

The DOTC Bids and Awards Committee for this project aims to announce the qualified groups by the end of February and the bidding slated for the second half of the year.

- Interaksyon

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