DOTC team to visit China plant for MRT trains
MANILA, Philippines - A team from the Department of Transportation and Communications is set to go to China as part of post-qualification procedure for the acquisition of new trains for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3).
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the team will visit CNR Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock's manufacturing plant to make sure the firm can produce the 48 light rail vehicles (LRVs) for the project.
“We are going to send a team to China to check out the manufacturing facilities of the group to ensure that they are indeed capable of this," he said.
CNR Dalian Locomotive is said to have the capacity of producing 600 locomotives, 300 urban transit LRVs, and 500 diesel engines annually.
Dalian Locomotive CNR had submitted a bid of P3.759 billion for the MRT-3 capacity expansion project. This was P10 million lower than the indicative price of P3.769 billion for the project.
Also the DOTC is set to hire a consultant to review the terms of the bidding for the MRT-3 project to find out if it had favored a certain bidder.
This after Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar claimed that a group had tried to extort $30 million from Inekon Group in exchange for the supply contract to provide trains for the MRT-3.
The MRT-3 expansion program involves the acquisition of 48 new trains, which would allow four-car trains to arrive every 2.5 minutes during peak hours. At present, three-car trains arrive every three minutes during peak hours.