Delay hounds Cavite-Laguna expressway bidding

Bidders for the P35.4 billion Cavite-Laguna (CALA) expressway project want more time to complete the qualification documents, compelling the government to move the submission deadline to Oct. 23 from Sept. 23.

Undersecretary Rafael Yabut of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) noted in a

Supplemental Bid Bulletin the deadline was extended by a month.

“In response to the request of several prospective bidders for more time to prepare the qualification documents and in light of the recently released revisions to the Instruction to Prospective Bidders, the qualification documents submission date is moved from Sept. 23 to Oct. 23,” Yabut stressed.

After the P60-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) Cavite extension project, the P17.5-billion Mactan Cebu International Airport capacity expansion project, and the P1.72-billion automated fare collection system (AFCS) project, the tollroad under the public private partnership (PPP) program is the fourth infrastructure project to be delayed.

Companies interested in the project were Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., San Miquel Corp., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. and Makati Development Corp., Aboitizland Inc., Megawide Engineering Excellence, EFC Enterprises, M/S IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. (ITNL), L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Ltd., Korea Expressway Corp., Alloy MTD Philippines Inc., Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte Limited, Leighton Contractors (Philippines) Inc., and EGIS Projects Developer of Infrastructure & Service.

Yabut, who chairs the special bids and awards committee, said prospective bidders for the CALA expressway have until Oct. 14 to file official queries about the project.

Deadline for submitting the technical and financial bids is Dec. 27, with the government expected to issue a notice of award Jan. 3, 2014.

The 47-kilometer expressway starts from Kawit, Cavite and end at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna. – VS, GMA News

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