THE Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) has decided to modify the specifications of the North-South Railway Project (NSRP) South Line.
In the process, the department has postponed the April 2015 bidding for the project. The project entails the construction of a railway from Metro Manila to Legazpi City in Albay Province.
The DOTC noted in a general bid bulletin that the submission of pre-qualification documents on April 15has been indefinitely postponed.
The department has requested the National Economic and Development Authority
(NEDA) to modify its approval process for the project.
Transportation Undersecretary Catherine Gonzales said the DOTC requested for a project reassessment because of an increase in costs based on the estimated capital expenditure for the South Line.
The division between the NSRP Commuter Line and Long Haul Line has also been modified, according to the DOTC. It did not elaborate.
The NSRP South Line is estimated to run 653 milometers. It includes a commuter railway between Tutuban in Manila and Calamba in Laguna Province, as well as the long haul operations to Legazpi.
The project also consists of separate long haul operations on the branch line between Calamba and Batangas and an extension between Legazpi and Matnog.