Japanese experts, engineers begin system audit of MRT-3

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that more than 50 railway engineers and experts from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be starting today the due diligence and system audit of the MRT-3.

“The system audit is a necessary step to determine all the rehabilitation and restoration works needed on the MRT-3 system, which will be done by a JICA-nominated rehabilitation and maintenance provider that will be mobilized in May,” DOTr said.

“A Japanese company designed and built the MRT-3 system from 1998 to 2000, and maintained it from 2000 to 2012,” it added.

DOTr Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan said “we obviously need all the help we can get and we are very grateful that the Japanese Government answered our call for assistance to rehabilitate and restore the MRT-3 system.”

DOTr said JICA’s system audit is separate from the ongoing Independent Audit and Assessment (IAA) by TUV Rheinland for the entire MRT-3 system, including the 48 train cars from CRRC Dalian. The TUV Rheinland IAA commenced last January 3 and has a 3 months duration.

It added that the department is currently implementing a four-point strategy to rehabilitate and restore the MRT-3 system. This involves (1) promoting accountability (termination of BURI); (2) ensuring continued service delivery (establishment of the Maintenance Transition Team); (3) contracting a qualified maintenance and rehabilitation service provider (together with the Japanese government); and (4) putting in place a long-term, single-point-of-responsibility, operator and maintenance provider for MRT-3 (O&M Unsolicited Proposal).