Prospective bidders for the North South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project’s civil works were provided with guided site visit by the Department of Transportation–Philippine National Railways (DOTr-PNR) today, May 31.
“The contractors, which include the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Megawide Construction Corporation and BPI/MS Insurance Corporation among others, checked on the areas for the stations, depots, and viaducts in Caloocan, Tutuban, Solis, and Valenzuela in Manila, as well as in Balagtas, Bocaue, Guiguinto, Malolos, Marilao, and Meycauayan in Bulacan,” the DOTr said.
“This activity is in preparation for the pre-bid conference on contract packages 1 and 2 of the NSCR project scheduled tomorrow, 1 June 2018,” it added.
NSCR project, also known as PNR North 1 (Malolos-Tutuban), is 38-kilometer mass transportation railway that will connect Malolos, Bulacan with the National Capital Region.
The project is divided into two packages. Package 1 includes elevated structures, seven stations and depot with total length of 23.6 kilometers consisting of all civil and structural works for viaduct, embankment and elevated stations including railway bridges, architecture, elevators and escalators and building services.
Package 2 involves elevated structures and three stations with total length of 14 kilometers consisting of all civil and structural works for viaduct, embankment and elevated stations including railway bridges, architecture, elevators and escalators and building services.
Bids opening is scheduled on August 16.
JICA and the Philippine government signed the loan agreement for NSCR project, also known as PNR North 1 (Malolos-Tutuban), of up to 241.991 billion yen.
“Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) will be applied to this project, and it is expected that Japanese technology such as construction techniques for elevated railways, efficient signal systems and rolling stock will be utilized,” Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said.
“The PNR North 1 is expected to serve over 300,000 passengers daily in its opening year in 2021. It will be seamlessly integrated with PNR North 2 and PNR South Commuter, forming one integrated commuter rail system serving commuters travelling to, from, and within NCR, Region III, and Region IV-A. Using the legacy PNR right-of-way, the project will also restore historical station buildings,” the DOTr said.
PNR North 1, PNR North 2, and PNR South Commuter will all be funded through JICA Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1107514819387653; http://www.pnr.gov.ph/news-media/press-releases/256-nscr-invitation-for-bids; https://www.jica.go.jp/english/news/press/2015/151127_01.html