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DOTr: MM Subway tunneling to start next year

Sep 16, 2021, 4:59 AM
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During the House Committee on Appropriations’ deliberations for the Department of Transportation’s budget for 2022, Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan told legislators that the drilling activities for the country’s first subway system, are set to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

IT may still take a long time before commuters finally enjoy efficient transport through the Metro Manila Subway, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) tacitly admitted Wednesday (September 13).

During the House Committee on Appropriations’ deliberations for the Department of Transportation’s budget for 2022, Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan told legislators that the drilling activities for the country’s first subway system, are set to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

Two of the 25 tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) that will be used for the subway project have already arrived in the country and are currently at an excavation site on Tandang Sora Avenue in Quezon City, Batan reported.

“Inaasahan po natin na mauumpisahan ang pagbaba ng TBMs nitong dulo ng 2021 to early 2022,” he added.

Meanwhile, Transportation Assistant Secretary Godess Hope Libiran said that “per Usec. TJ [Batan], lowering and assembly is two to three months, starting in December.”

The MMSP will be the first underground railway system in the country, providing modern mass transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR), from Valenzuela City to Bicutan, Parañaque, and NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay, and will further stretch across the North and South zones of the Greater Capital Region.

In 2018, Philippine officials signed a ¥104.530-billion (around P51 billion) loan deal with the Japan International Cooperation Committee (JICA) to finance the first phase of the subway project.

“Sa kasalukuyan ay nai-award na natin at ongoing na ang construction ng tinatawag nating partial operability section o ‘yung unang seven kilometers o unang apat na istasyon. Maging ang contract para sa 240 na mga bagon ay nai-award na natin,” Batan said.

Tags: #DepartmentOfTransportation, #railtransport, #MetroManilaSubway, #2022NationalBudget


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