BY RAADEE S. SAUSA, TMT ON
GETTING to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City from Bonifacio Global City in Taguig by bus should take not more than 15 to 20 minutes in three years’ time—when the proposed bus rapid system (BRT) project for that segment is completed.
The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said it expects the BRT system connecting BGC to the country’s premier airport to be completed by 2019 with construction seen to start next year.
“Construction will start maybe late next year, hopefully after the feasibility study [is finished]in March or April,” Vivencio Dizon, president and chief executive of BCDA, said on December 15.
“I think by 2019 we will have the BRT, Fort to NAIA,” he added.
He said the project will entail a two-year construction time for the 10 to 12 kilometers of road network “and we have to tunnel by 15 meters deep, that’s the requirement.”
The project is intended to ensure efficient, reliable and comfortable transport to and from BGC and NAIA as part of the BRT system proposed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
It will take into account the current state of the road network in the affected areas (via an underground tunnel), including Lawton Avenue and the Sales interchange, which have been identified as a key road network that needs to be widened and improved to make the BRT project effective.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the conduct of a feasibility study for this project was signed between China Road and Bridge Corp. (CRBC) and the BCDA during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Beijing last October.
However, reports have noted that CRBC has been banned by the World Bank since 2009 from participating in all its road and bridge projects funded and executed by the WB after it found that the company had colluded with several Filipino and foreign companies in the bidding process for the first phase of the Philippine National Roads Improvement and Management Program.
The World Bank’s ban was extended to CRBC’s parent China Communication Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC) and its subsidiaries, including China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd. (CHEC), in 2011. The ban is in force until January 11, 2017.
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