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In an announcement made last week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) is now about 30.55% complete.

DOTr Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said that the MMSP was able to hit major milestones despite the health crisis.

Batan said that 576 of the 6,400 tunnel rings that are required for the partial operability segment of the project are already up, with more coming from MMSP’s 7.5-hectare fabrication yard located at Norzagaray in Bulacan.

For the MMSP’s right-of-way, the DOTr was able to acquire 197,000 sqm of land and 585 structures from 324 property owners.

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The agency assures that they were able to accomplish the land acquisition without having to force evict affected informal settlers thanks to the help of the Valenzuela City government.

In December 2020, the DOTr signed a right-of-way agreement with the Department of National Defense – Armed Forces of the Philippines (DND-AFP). The MMSP will then use 50,000 sqm of DND-AFP land, with an additional 60,000 sqm for tunneling works and another 55,000 sqm for temporary works.

Batan said that the first two of 25 tunnel boring machines to be used on the MMSP have already arrived in February of 2021. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Corporation has been awarded a Php66 billion contract to provide the project’s electromechanical systems last October 2021.

The MMSP is the Philippines’ first underground railway system. It aims to provide faster transportation for NCR commuters. The 33km route includes Valenzuela City to FTI in Taguig City, Parañaque CIty, and NAIA Termial 3 in Pasay. It will then extend to the north and south parts of NCR.

It will have 17 stations and aims to reduce the time travel from Quezon City to NAIA, and back, for only 35 minutes from an hour and 10 minutes.

Via: PNA



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