Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. said Monday it may complete the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway toll road in either April or May yet because of right-of-way problems.
San Miguel Holdings Corp. chief finance officer Raoul Eduardo Romulo said in an interview at the sidelines of the 41st Philippine Business Conference right of way problems had delayed the project by 12 months. The Naia Expressway project was originally scheduled to open this month.
Romulo said the project could be further delayed because of work stoppage during the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Conference in November.
“We will endeavor to make it April or May,” Romulo said.
“But with the Apec they [government] are making us stop work for entire seven days. The impact of that in real time is 13.5 days. But with out catch up plan, we will be able to reduce the 12-month delay by six months,” he said.
The Naia Expressway is about 40 percent complete.
The P15.52-billion Naia Expressway project is a four-lane, 7.15-kilometer elevated expressway that aims to provide easy access to and from the three Naia terminals and link the Skyway and the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway.
The project will interconnect the South Luzon Expressway-Skyway to the Cavitex, Macapagal Boulevard and the Entertainment City of state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
San Miguel Holdings is facing ROW problems in a number of key areas, including Villamor Airbase, Naia Road, Tambo and locations along the Quirino to Roxas Boulevard stretch, which government has not delivered so far.
Alec Cruz, head of tollway project of San Miguel Holdings, earlier said the ROW issues had made it “very difficult” to complete the project before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Manila.
He said the Public Works Department must deliver about 20 percent to 25 percent of the ROW requirements to complete the project by October.
“We’d also like to ask for the cooperation of utility companies such as Meralco [Manila Electric Co.], the telecommunications companies and businesses in the area whose facilities need to be relocated to make way for the construction,” Cruz said.
Aside from the Naia Expressway, another San Miguel infrastructure project facing delay is the P26.5-billion ($592.01 million) toll road project connecting the South Luzon expressway to the North Luzon expressway.
Just like Naia Expressway, Romulo said the connector road was facing delays because right of way problems.
The project aims to decongest the major roads of Metro Manila, specially Edsa and C5, and reduce travel time from Buendia to Balintawak in Quezon City to 20 minutes or less from two hours.
It will link the South and North Luzon Expressways through eight strategic interchanges in Buendia, President Quirino Avenue, Plaza Dilao and Nagtahan, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Sgt. Rivera and Balintawak.
The project, which is expected to be completed in 2017, also aims to stimulate the growth of trade and industry in the southern, central and northern Luzon areas.
Source: Jenniffer B. Austria, http://thestandard.com.ph