Different Model For LRT Project

MANILA, Philippines --- The design build-operate-maintain contract model that government is applying to the P30-billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 1 extension project will not be used for the P8-billion LRT line 2 extension project.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) will employ a different model for the project to extend the existing LRT 2 line up to Antipolo City. Two stations will be built on Emerald Drive, in Cainta, Rizal and at Masinag Junction.

Secretary Manuel Roxas II said that the model for the LRT 2 project ''will be different considering that it will only entail the construction of four kilometer extension worth P8 billion.''

''It will be a different model for the LRT 2 extension project because it will only cover four kilometers and cost P8 unlike LRT 1's 12 kilometer worth P30 billion,'' Roxas said.

The LRT Authority will also retain the operation and maintenance of the LRT 2 line unless it bids an operation and maintenance contract after the extension is constructed.

Meanwhile, the winning bidder for the LRT 1 extension project will operate and maintain the entire LRT 1 line, which runs from Quezon City to Cavite province.

Either way, Roxas said, the DOTC will present the LRT 2 extension project for the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board next week or ''before the President leaves for his meeting with United States President Barack Obama.''

The NEDA board's Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) has earlier approved the LRT 2 extension project, along with other projects worth P32.67 billion. (Kris Bayos)