Bid for LRT extension put on hold


The bidding for the P60-billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 extension to Cavite has been postponed anew, a bid bulletin issued Friday by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) showed.

The DOTC special bids and awards committee said the decision to postpone the bidding of the operation project to August 15 from July 30 was made to “allow bidders ample time to prepare their bid proposals.”

There are four qualified bidders for the massive project, which aims to extend the LRT Line 1 from Baclaran to the Niyog station in Bacoor, Cavite. This will increase average weekday ridership from 560,000 passengers to 820,000 passengers by 2015.

The bidders are DMCI Holdings Inc. of the Consunji group, Light Rail Manila consortium (which is made up of Metro Pacific Investments and Ayala Corp.), the consortium of SMC Infra Resources Inc. and MTD Samsung consortium, which is led by Malaysia’s MTD Group and South Korea’s Samsung.

Two other local groups, EcoRail and Light Rail Transit Systems of the Romero group, also submitted documents but were disqualified for being late.

Jose Perpetuo Lotilla, Transportation undersecretary for legal affairs, had said that the delay was due to the complicated nature of railways.

The railway project is among the public private partnership (PPP) deals being auctioned off by the government. The LRT Line 1 extension will involve the construction of a 10.5-kilometer elevated section, while 1.2 kilometers will be on street level.

The whole stretch of the integrated LRT 1, spanning approximately 32.4 kilometers, will be operated and maintained by the private proponent for 35 years.

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  • CommonSense

    Put on hold…… AGAIN.

    Seems like there is a trend, to put projects on hold all the time just to allow bidders ample time to prepare their bid proposals. Such was the case with many other projects.

    Seems like its now a common practice to put off things.

    This administration is getting annoying.

  • KKKleptocracy, Inc.

    With MRT mired in the extortion scandal, LRT can’t afford to have a scandal of its own. Here’s to hoping Ballsy and her hubby Eldon learned their lesson well and will moderate their greed from here on.

  • OFW_Investor

    Railways are not complicated. Going to outer space is complicated. All the Govt needs to do is open the bids and award the best value bid.

    • ern

      the problem is there will be nothing to open because bidders are not ready. Nothing is really complicated….but the pricing is. Recent developments may require the bidders to raise or lower their prices. Lowering is as much important as raising …..higher profit will remain a dream because you may not win the bid anyway..

      If it is the evaluation and award being delayed then blame the government.

      • OFW_Investor

        Bidding always has an element of surprise similar to the NAIA Expressway bid, delays will only entail higher costs to the winning bidder which will then “stick ” it to the riding public. This PPP Project has been known to all bidders for at least 3 years now. These bidders are out to make a buck and will surely make a bid if the Govt is firm and fair on all counts.

  • jamesgeorge

    Nagkakalutuan na! Pag iniextend lagi, me iron chef, na nagmamaniobra para sa komisyon! Posibleng hindi pa kuntento sa percentage ang mga hinayupak! Ang tagal na nyan, hindi mo maloloko ang mga tao! Yung delay na yan, dapat meron nang sinibak sa pwesto! Sabi ni noynoy,”di ko alam saan kumukuha ng kakapalan ng mukha ang mga ito!

  • rburke

    hmm..something odd about this..two bidders were disqualified for late submission of docs, yet they keep on extending the submission of bids..

    • ern

      you’re missing the point……disqualification was during the prequalification stage. If the bidders need more time, you have no choice but to extend. What will you open if no bids were submitted?

      • rburke

        then a failure of bid is declared…open it up for rebid, maybe those two disqualified can join again just to be fair to them…rules have to be followed from the prequa stage up to the end of the project, else manipulators can take advantage of the situation..

  • sigena

    extend ng extend para makapasok ang kkk. old gimmick na yan

    • KKKleptocracy, Inc.

      KKK, Inc. + Kamag-Anak, Inc. = KKKamag-Anak, Inc.®
      . . The merger that robbed a nation blind and bled it dry . .

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