Construction for MRT-4 project to begin in 2021 – DOTr

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The construction for the 15.56-kilometer Metro Rail Transit (MRT)line 4, which will link parts of Metro Manila and the province of Rizal, will begin next year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

This is after the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) approved the project during its meeting on December 20, 2019, the DOTr said in a statement on Tuesday.

The P59.3-billion MRT-4 project will run from Cainta, Rizal to Mandaluyong City. It will traverse Quezon City, San Juan, Pasig, Mandaluyong and the Ortigas Center, and link the eastern Metro Manila with the neighboring municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in Rizal.

“Considering how densely-populated these areas are, which is made more difficult with the lack of road capacities and ever worsening traffic conditions, MRT-4 will be of great help in moving commuters between eastern Metro Manila and Rizal,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

The line system will serve 11 stations with an initial daily ridership projected at 234,433 passengers, the DOTr said.

The construction of the line will be funded by an official development assistance package from the Asian Development Bank.

It is expected to start operation in 2025.

Infastructure Cluster Chairman and Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar meanwhile said the approval by the ICC-CabCom of the MRT-4 project and other key transport and infrastructure projects, will assure their completion within the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“After passing the ICC-CabCom, we’ll be able to release the projects by early next year, allowing us time within the Duterte administration to significantly complete these game-changing projects. It’s crucial that we start these projects—we’ll be working on the procurement, that’s why we fast-tracked all these projects before the end of the year so that next year, we can focus purely on the detailed engineering and procurement of these big-ticket projects,” Villar said.

The department also revealed that NEDA has approved some unsolicited proposals during the December 20 meeting, including those for the Davao International Airport, Laguindingan Airport, the EDSA Greenways Project and the Maritime Safety Enhancement Program.

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