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Construction of two underground metro stations has begun in Manila

03.10.2022 ТАСС 44 просмотров

The President of the Philippines has launched the construction of two underground metro stations in Manila.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday led the groundbreaking ceremony of two stations of Manila's first underground metro, marking the beginning of their construction.

"We hope to soon take advantage of the advantages that this (metro - approx. TASS) brings it to the public," the ABS-CBN media group quotes him as saying. "We hope to help people get rid of long traffic jams on the roads." "They will be able to devote more time to more productive activities," he added.

Despite the fact that the implementation of the project will take time, Marcos urged residents to be optimistic about temporary inconveniences, as the result will bring more benefits in the future. "Let this signal to the world our intention [to show] that the Philippines is ready to pursue even more grandiose dreams, <...> which will bring more progress and comfort throughout the country," the President of the Republic stressed.

It is expected that the Philippines' first underground railway and a 30.37 ha depot in Valenzuela will create 18,000 jobs in the next six years. Metro Manila will be connected to other railways of the country. It is assumed that the metro, which will be 33 km long, will reduce the travel time from Valenzuela to Bicutan to 35 minutes and will be able to transport at least 519 thousand passengers daily. The 488.47 billion pesos ($8.27 billion) needed to finance the project were provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The groundbreaking ceremony of the Metro Manila underground took place in February 2019, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the project was delayed. As a result, the opening of the first three stations was postponed from 2022 to 2025. Underground and tunnel works for the metro were supposed to start by the fourth quarter of 2021, but began in June of this year after the first tunneling machine was solemnly lowered. As of July 26, the project was completed by 60% in terms of procurement and other organizational issues, the full commissioning of the metro is scheduled for 2027.

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