DOTr procures spare parts for MRT-3, also hires independent consultant to ensure quality

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To address the recurring issues surrounding the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3), the team of the Department of Transportation MRT-3 recently procured the first batch of different parts for the trail system’s maintenance.

The DOTr- MTR-3 through its Maintenance Transition Period Bids and Awards Committee (MTP BAC) has procured spare parts for rolling stone, worth about Php8.66 million.

Spare part for tracks amounting to Php7.33 million was also included to procured spare parts.
The contract for rolling stock spare parts had an Approved Budget for tracks amounting to Php8.89 million, won by Linkers Enterprises, then the spare parts for tracks had an approved budget of Php7.97 million – won by Nikka Trading.

Meanwhile, the contract for the Independent Audit Assessment (IAAC) Consultant of the whole MRT-3 rail system was awarded to the TUV Rheinland for Php45.1 million, which has an approved budget of Php48 million.

The IAA will cover all sub-components of MRT-3, that also includes signaling system, tracks, and rolling stock.

Mainly, the current fleet of 73 Czech-made trains and the unaccepted China-made trains are both covered by the IAA.

The IAA consultant’s responsibility is to make specific and actionable recommendations to address any identified issues.

The MRT-3 MTP BAC has required all bidders for the IAA Consultancy to be ISO 17020:2012 and ISO 17065:2012 certified firms and membership in the International Federation of Inspection Agencies, this is to ensure quality and independence.

Trunk radio communications worth Php924, 000, spare parts for power Php6.44 million, pantograph strips for Php7.88 million, spare parts for overhead catenary system worth of Php2.8 million, and some bearings for Php1.98 million – which were awarded to different bidders.

“Deliveries of some spare parts have commenced, and will continue over the next 30 – 90 days. We got the commitment of all suppliers to exert best efforts to deliver earlier than the prescribed contractual lead times, and our MRT-3 team will focus on realizing this,” says TJ Batan, the Assistant Secretary for Railways.

Source: PTV news

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