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Subway excavation expected to start in Q2
« on: January 31, 2022, 01:34:47 PM »
Subway excavation expected to start in Q2
January 30, 2022 | 10:34 pm
By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter

THE Transportation department said tunnel works for the Philippines’ first underground railway system will start by the second quarter, with the positioning of the tunnel boring machines from Japan set to start in April.

“TBM (tunnel boring machine) lowering and assembly for excavation will begin in April,” Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John R. Batan told BusinessWorld last week when asked for an update.

The new timetable represents one quarter’s slippage in subway progress. The department said in December that excavation would begin in the first quarter of 2022, with lowering and assembly taking “two to three months starting in December.”

On Jan. 8, Transportation Arthur P. Tugade announced that the Metro Manila Subway Project’s (MMSP) overall progress rate as of November 2021 was 25.09%.

“Now, the MMSP is already NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) Board-approved, already funded by the Japanese, and its partial operability civil works, trains, and electromechanical systems already contracted,” he said in a statement.

“Actual construction works by the design-build contractor for the partial operability section began in 2019 with site clearing works at MMSP’s Valenzuela Depot,” he added.

Two out of 25 tunnel boring machines from Japan that will be used for the project arrived in Manila in February 2021.

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