MANILA — The bid to rehabilitate the 30-year-old Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 is proceeding apace, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Monday.
Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II said the lowest bid is at P260 million or less than the P381 million budget of the project.
Roxas said the most extensive of the rehabilitation project is the replacement of train tracks from Baclaran, Paranaque to Roosevelt, Quezon City, a distance of about 23 kilometers.
He said the replacement of the train tracks is needed considering that some are suffering from corrosion due to long use.
But he added that even with the current state of the train tracks, the mass transit system is still very much safe for use explaining that safety and maintenance checks are rigorously done before they are allowed to ply their trade.
The second phase of the rehabilitation project involves the replacement of corroded gantry anchor bolts, which hold up the overhead cables that deliver power to run the trains.
Also part of the rehabilitation is the purchase of modified chassis that supports that train coaches, braking and other systems.
Overall, the projects for the rehabilitation of the entire LRT Line 1 costs about P1.06 billion.
Among the companies participating in the bidding were DM Consunji Philippines, Joratech Corporation, Jorgman Development and Planning Corporation, Pilipinas Hino Incorporated and Miescorrail Inc.
Miescorrail is a subsidiary of Manila Electric Company, which is controlled by telecommunication czar Manuel Pangilinan.
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