The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) moved the submission of bids for the North-South Railway Project (NSRP), the government’s biggest public-private partnership (PPP) project, originally scheduled on March 31 has been moved to April 15.
This would give interested companies enough time to put together the qualification documents, according to the DOTC.
The P171-billion railway project is divided into the north and south lines.
The north line runs from Malolos in Bulacan to the Tutuban district in Manila, and will be handled by the DOTC.
The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is funding the north line, with the $2-billion concessional loan agreement signed last November.
The north line is primarily a 37-kilometer elevated commuter railway, with 10 stations.
The south line PPP runs approximately 653 kilometers from Manila to Legazpi City in Albay province.
Prospective bidders for the south line include San Miguel Holdings Corp., Metro Pacific Investment Corp., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., IL&FS Transport Networks Ltd. and Fluor Daniel Pacific Inc.