DOTr: MRT-3 rehabilitation program with Japan to take more than 3 years

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MRT-3 glitches have not stopped, ranging from technical problems resulting in passengers being unloaded to the decoupling of two northbound MRT trains in November last year.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) — The rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) is set to take 43 months or more than 3 years, according to the Department of Transportation.

In a statement Tuesday, the DOTr said it ratified last week with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) the details of the appraisal mission for the Japan-financed MRT-3 Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project.

The project is set to take 31 months for rehabilitation and maintenance work to restore the MRT-3 to its original design, condition and capacity, plus 12 months for the defect liability period or time given to the service provider to remedy defects.

The project cost is estimated at ¥34.480 billion JPY (₱16.985 billion). This amount will cover the MRT-3 trains, power supply system, overhead catenary system, radio and CCTV system, signaling system, rail tracks and road rail vehicles, elevators and escalators, as well as station building equipment.

MRT-3 media relations officer Aly Narvaez said the 43-month countdown will begin once the new rehabilitation and maintenance service provider comes in. The DOTr targets to have the new maintenance provider, which replaces Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI), mobilized in June 2018.

DOTr terminated BURI's three-year contract last November citing the company's failure to perform.Since then, the government has taken over the MRT's maintenance.

However, MRT-3 glitches have not stopped, ranging from technical problems resulting in passengers being unloaded to the decoupling of two northbound MRT trains in November last year.

Japanese firm Sumitomo Corporation and technical partner Mitsubishi Industries would be returning as service provider this May. The two firms designed and built the MRT-3, and had maintained it from the start of operations in 2000 until 2012, when the contract with the companies expired.