New MRT-3 main­te­nance provider in place next year

Business World - - THEECONOMY - Pa­trizia Paola C. Marcelo

THE Metro Rail Tran­sit (MRT)-3 will have a new main­te­nance provider next year, De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DoTr) Sec­re­tary Arthur P. Tu­gade said.

“By next year, the MRT will have a new ser­vice provider,” Mr. Tu­gade told re­porters on the side­lines of the site in­spec­tion of the North Lu­zon Ex­press­way (NLEx) Har­bor Link Seg­ment 10.

A tran­si­tion team com­posed of per­son­nel from DoTr, the Philip­pine Na­tional Rail­ways (PNR) and staff ab­sorbed by the DoTr from Bu­san Univer­sal Rail, Inc. (BURI) is cur­rently man­ag­ing the main­te­nance of the MRT, fol­low­ing the ter­mi­na­tion by DoTr of the main­te­nance con­tract held by BURI.

BURI in Jan­uary 2015 signed a ne­go­ti­ated con­tract in the ab­sence of other bid­ders. DoTr ter­mi­nated the con­tract cit­ing BURI’s al­leged fail­ure to en­sure eff icient and avail­able trains and fail­ure to pro­cure the proper spare parts.

BURI how­ever con­tested the claims of the DoTr, say­ing that op­er­a­tional fail­ures should not be blamed on the provider be­cause of the poor con­di­tion of the rails, which BURI un­der the con­tract, is not re­quired to re­ha­bil­i­tate. The Filipino- South Korean joint ven­ture said it is hop­ing that a Que­zon City re­gional trial court can grant a stay of the ter­mi­na­tion, bring­ing both sides to ar­bi­tra­tion.

The DoTr in Oc­to­ber granted Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) orig­i­nal-pro­po­nent sta­tus for its un­so­licited pro­posal to re­ha­bil­i­tate the MRT, cov­er­ing both op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance. The pro­posal in­volves an in­vest­ment of P20 bil­lion to re­ha­bil­i­tate the train sys­tem, as well as the han­dling of op­er­a­tions for a pe­riod of 30 to 32 years.

Former LRMC Pres­i­dent and CEO Ro­ge­lio L. Sing­son said in Septem­ber that the con­sor­tium plans to take over the man­age­ment of the MRT-3 within six months and said the com­pany hopes to start the tran­si­tion by next year.

LRMC cur­rently man­ages the Light Rail Tran­sit (LRT)-1. The con­sor­tium is com­posed of Metro Pa­cific In­vest­ment Corp.’s Metro Pa­cific Light Rail Corp., Ayala Corp.’s AC In­fras­truc­ture Hold­ings Corp. and Mac­quarie In­fras­truc­ture Hold­ings (Philip­pines) Pte. Ltd. —

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