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LRMC eyes to start LRT Cavite by 2017

Posted on August 10, 2016

THE Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) is hoping to resolve by next year the right-of-way issues that are currently hampering the start of the construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 Cavite extension project.

“The hope is that they can either deliver [right-of-way] this year or next. The government is gearing to construct as soon as possible... We’re confident that the government has been working overtime to solve the right-of-way issues,” LRMC General Counsel Philip Ranada told reporters on Tuesday.

In September 2015, LRMC, a consortium of Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp., won the bidding for the 11.7-kilometer Cavite extension project and took over LRT-Line 1 operations.

“Once right-of-way is delivered, we’ll have around four to five years to finish the Cavite extension... by 2021,” he added.

Construction of the LRT Cavite extension project was slated to start last year, according to LRMC’s general counsel, but was delayed due to the failure to transfer illegal settlers and electricity poles along the affected roads. -- Janina C. Lim