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Mindanao Railway Project Specs Altered to Hurry Implementation

Infra News - Published on Thu, 18 Jul 2019

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The Department of Transportation said that costs were adjusted upward for the Mindanao Railway Project Phase 1 due to the need to traverse rolling terrain, while the rail line was downgraded to single track and non-electric to speed up implementation. Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John R Batan told reporters that the approved project cost more than doubled to P82.9 billion from P35.9 billion previously because earlier studies had assumed that the rail line would cross flat terrain.

Mr Batan said that “Feasibility study from 2015 to 2017 assumed flat. But if you look at the alignment of Tagum-Davao-Digos, it’s not flat, it’s rolling. We need some infrastructure adjustments, some civil works adjustments such as elevated viaducts and deep cuts, which is the primary driver of our increase in cost.”

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Thu, 18 Jul 2019
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