Ter­mi­na­tion of MRT-3 con­tract with Korean main­te­nance provider mulled

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By LOUELLA DESIDERIO

The De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr) is mulling the ter­mi­na­tion of the con­tract of Metro Rail Tran­sit Line 3 (MRT-3) with its main­te­nance provider Bu­san Uni­ver­sal Rail Inc. (BURI).

The DOTr is seek­ing an ex­pla­na­tion from BURI on why its con­tract with the govern­ment should not be par­tially ter­mi­nated given the se­ries of in­ci­dents that took place in the past and re­cently.

In a let­ter dated April 19 to BURI’s au­tho­rized rep­re­sen­ta­tive El­don Uy, DOTr Un­der­sec­re­tary for rail­ways Ce­sar Chavez said the DOTr would want the firm “to ex­plain within seven days from re­ceipt hereof why sub­ject con­tract should not be ter­mi­nated in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of law and con­tract on Ter­mi­na­tion for Con­ve­nience and Fail­ure to Sat­is­fac­to­rily Per­form Work Obli­ga­tions.”

Since the start of the year, Chavez said a to­tal of 116 un­load­ing in­ci­dents have been recorded.

There were 30 recorded un­load­ing in­ci­dents in Jan­uary, while there were 34 in Fe­bru­ary and 38 in March.

For the pe­riod of April 1 to 19, a to­tal of 14 un­load­ing in­ci­dents took place.

Last year, there was a to­tal of 586 un­load­ing in­ci­dents.

“Due process requires that we no­tify them and ask them to ex­plain,” Chavez said in a text message.

He said the DOTr is con­sid­er­ing par­tial ter­mi­na­tion be­cause there are four parts to the con­tract with BURI.

In par­tic­u­lar, it is look­ing at par­tial ter­mi­na­tion of con­tracts for sig­nal­ing and gen­eral over­haul.

BURI is a joint ven­ture of Bu­san Trans­port Corp., which is owned by the Korean city govern­ment of Bu­san; and lo­cal com­pa­nies Edison De­vel­op­ment & Con­struc­tion, Tra­mat Mer­can­tile Inc., TMI Corp. and Cas­tan Corp.

It took over MRT-3’s main­te­nance in Jan­uary 2016.

MRT-3 cov­ers North Ave. sta­tion in Que­zon City un­til Taft sta­tion in Pasay City, and has an av­er­age daily ca­pac­ity of 500,000 pas­sen­gers.

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