Monday July 23, 2018

DOTr wants Mindanao railway back to original concept

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) had already written to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) to revert back the Mindanao Railway to two-track electrified from the recently-approved one-track locomotive.

During the Habi at Kape press conference last Wednesday, July 11, Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro said as for Mindanao Railway, the P36 billion budget intended for a one-track locomotive using diesel is already reflective in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for this year. However, the original proposal was a P85-billion two-track electrified Mindanao Railway.

“DOTr and Neda will bring it back to the original proposal soon. DOTr also had written to Neda for request of reverting to back to two-track electrified,” said Montenegro.

He added that the Road Right of Way (RRW) is currently under study especially for areas where the Mindanao Railway is planned to traverse through.SEE MORE