MPIC seeks discussions on LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project with concerned parties

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Aug. 12 (PNA) — A discussion between parties involved in the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension Project would be necessary for the project to proceed.

This was the statement of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) president and CEO Jose Ma. K. Lim on Tuesday when asked by reporters for his reaction on the delay of the project’s implementation.

The project underwent numerous delays since the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Board approved the awarding of the project to the Light Rail Manila Consortium (LRMC) last July 25.

To recall, the Supreme Court earlier issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the transfer of the common station of the LRT 1 and Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3), which was sought by SM Prime Holdings Inc.

The common station is part of the P65-billion LRT 1 Cavite Extension project set to be awarded to LRMC.

Lim pointed out that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has already informed the MPIC on the agency’s measures to give the Notice of Award (NOA).

DOTC earlier said it is set issue the NOA to the LRMC once it receives the board resolution from the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) approving the project.

“Notwithstanding that, I think the best way to progress is to have all the parties concerned including the DOTC, commercial developers, ourselves and MRT 7 (be) part of (a) discussion,” Lim said.

“(This is) so we can agree how to proceed,” he added. (PNA)