MRT-3 management estimates rehabilitation will take two years

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 12, 2019   •   994

The rehabilitation of the MRT-3 will still have to take two years.

The management of the Metro Rail Transit-3 said the new train rails have already arrived in the country.

Once all the rail parts arrive in October, rail replacement will begin by November.

MRT Engineer-V Engr. Oscar Bongon said they are considering suspending train operations during weekends to expedite the rehabilitation.

“Kapag nag-decide po iyong management na mapabilis pwede po tayong mag add ng additional day or i-extend iyong oras para mas mabilis po nating matapos iyong rail replacement (Once the management decides to speed up the rail replacement, we can add an additional day or extend hours),” he said.

Once the rehabilitation is finished, 20 trains will become operational from the 13 to 15 trains currently operating.

The train speed will also improve, from 30 kilometers per hour (kph) to 60 kph, reducing the travel time from one hour to 30 minutes.

Headway will also be reduced to three minutes compared to the previous 7 seven minutes.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

MRT-3 ops suspended on Nov. 14-15, Nov. 28-30

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Monday announced it will suspend its operations in the next two weekends this November to give way to rehabilitation and maintenance works.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said it will shut down operations on November 14 to 15 and on November 28 to 30.

“Magpapatupad ang pamunuan ng rail line ng temporary shutdown sa operasyon ng mga tren nito sa mga nasabing petsa upang magbigay-daan sa gagawing bushing replacement sa depot at turnout activity sa Taft Avenue station ng Sumitomo-MHI-TESP,” the rail management said.

The MRT-3 was supposed to suspend its weekend operations on October 31 to November 2 but it was deferred due to Typhoon Rolly.

The rail operator said the bushing replacement works in its 34.5-kilovolt alternating current (kV AC) switch gear involve the repair of the bus tie which supplies power to its depot from its source in Balintawak and Diliman, as well as the maintenance of a 12 bushing unit panel.

Last November 2, the MRT-3 increased its train running speed to 50 kilometers per hour (kph) from 40 kph.

“Target na maiakyat pa ito sa 60kph sa Disyembre, oras na matapos ang pagsasaayos ng turnouts,” the rail management said.

The MRT-3 maintenance works are part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation project being conducted by the railway’s maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

European-style lampposts installed in Jones Bridge

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019

European-style lampposts were installed as part of the rehabilitation of Jones Bridge in Manila.

During an inspection on Monday morning (October 21), Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the rehabilitation may not look exactly like the original design of Jones Bridge but it will still remain European-style inspired.

“Ang Maynila is the Paris of the East. That is why if we have to revive Manila, at least malapit sa katotohanan hindi man parehong-pareho (as least similar to the truth even if it is not exactly the same),” Moreno said.

Moreno also assured the Manila government did not pay anything for the said rehabilitation. He also said that the lampposts are Filipino-made.

“Kaya iyong ilaw na nandyan hindi mabibili kahit saan (The lights installed there cannot be bought anywhere else),” he said.

The Manila Mayor also said the rehabilitation plan will also include the installation of ‘La Madre’ or the four pylon included in the original design of Jones Bridge.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Orangutans in rehabilitation suffer from smoke caused by Indonesia forest fires

UNTV News   •   September 17, 2019

Dozens of orangutans are suffering from respiratory problems caused by the smoke from forest fires in Indonesia this week.

Indonesia and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are regularly hit by smoky haze from slash-and-burn clearances of forests for timber and palm oil plantations, but conditions this year have been the worst since 2015 due to an El Nino weather pattern causing an extended dry spell.

The orangutans in Central Kalimantan were previously trafficked and were taken by authorities there to be rehabilitated before being introduced back into the wild.

Caretakers detected respiratory tract infections in some of them and have started moving them into cages in facilities with cleaner air to be monitored.

Veterinarians there said the Pongo pygmaeus, a native species of orangutans to the island of Borneo, are vulnerable to changing conditions, especially the young.

The air pollution index in Palangka Raya, the capital of Central Kalimantan province on Borneo, has been at a “dangerous” level for days.

Schools in Palangka Raya and another city in Central Kalimantan, Sampit, have been closed this week.

Fires have ripped through more than 328,000 hectares of forests and peatlands in Indonesia since January, causing a choking haze to envelop some cities in Borneo and the island of Sumatra, according to the country’s disaster mitigation agency. (REUTERS)

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