Massive pipe-laying eyed before EDSA rehab

Posted at 02/15/2013 9:47 AM | Updated as of 02/15/2013 3:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines – East zone concessionaire Manila Water is planning a massive pipe-laying project on Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), but the proposal has yet to be approved by the government.

Jeric Sevilla, head of Manila Water Corporate Communications, said the plan to replace the main artery of the water pipe that services the east zone of Metro Manila has yet to be approved by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Manila Water wants to replace the EDSA water pipes, some of which are as old as 40 years, before the rehabilitation of EDSA begins.

"Kasalukuyan pong nagkakaroon ng mga meeting at presentation sa DPWH para makakuha ng kaukulang permit. Nag-file po actually kami nung nakaraang linggo at may mga dialogues na tayong ginagawa kasi maraming hinihingi sa atin like construction metholody and traffic management plan," Sevilla told radio dzMM.

Manila Water submitted the proposal since no excavations along EDSA will be allowed for the next five years after its rehabilitation.

The EDSA rehabilitation project was earlier put on hold by President Benigno Aquino III due to concerns of massive traffic along the 23-kilometer thoroughfare.

Sevilla stressed the need for the pipe replacement since leakage incidents on the main pipe artery are already becoming frequent.

Manila Water plans to install 14 kilometers of pipes that are divided into 12 segments on the northbound and southbound lanes of EDSA.

The east zone concessionaire is targeting a 7-month, 24/7 work schedule for the project. It is also amenable to conducting pipe-laying works during weekends. – with ANC; Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News