By Ben Gines Jr. | The Manila Times
January 9, 2022
ALL defective elevators and escalators of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) System will undergo immediate repair works, new Light Rail Transit Authority Administrator (LRTA) Jeremy Regino said yesterday.
Regino on Saturday issued an apology and assured the public that the present management will actively address the issue on defective elevators and escalators of the LRT-2 System.
The LRTA late last year filed graft cases against five former and incumbent LRT-2 officials being linked to the allegedly anomalous purchase of substandard equipment amounting to P170 million.
It discovered that 13 escalators installed at the line’s Recto Station were operating below the required carrying capacity during the renewal of its Certificate to Operate.
The required capacity under the contract is 9,000 passengers per hour, but the installed escalators can accommodate only 6,000 passengers per hour, the agency said.
Out of the 13 escalators installed, only one remains operational, with the rest having broken down even before the expiration of the warranty period.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also ordered the review of all other LRT rehabilitation projects and continued with the filing of appropriate charges against the involved officials and contractors.
The agency ordered the blacklisting of the joint venture of Ma-an Construction Inc. and IFE Elevators Inc. for the delivery of substandard escalators for the LRT-2 line and Kempal Construction Supply Corp. for the delivery of substandard equipment such as re-railing and diagnostic tools.
The day of his assumption into office on January 4, Regino conducted an ocular inspection of the LRT Line 2 System and directed the Engineering and Legal Departments, and the existing LRT-2 maintenance provider, to get the defective station conveyance system operational at the soonest possible time.
Regino said the agency is looking at undertaking an emergency procurement of needed parts and the tasking of the existing LRT Line 2 maintenance provider to undertake the repairs,” he said.
The LRT-2 system has 13 stations from C.M. Recto in Manila to Masinag in Antipolo at a length of 17.69 kilometers.
“The LRTA assures the public that its present management will do its best to remedy the situation and restore the non-operational station escalators and elevators for the convenience of LRT-2 commuters, especially amid the pandemic,” Regino said.