Where would 550,000 passengers go? MRT Holdings (MRTH) spokesperson David Narvasa voiced the concerns of half a million people who ride the MRT-3 system to ply EDSA daily. This came after DOTC Secretary Emilio "Jun" Abaya said that he is open to a possible "shutdown" to give time for maintenance work.
"If indeed warranted, ipapatigil natin to catch up and do maintenance works. I will drop everything under safety," Abaya said on Thursday, reported by ABS-CBN News.
Several disruptions have been reported over the past weeks, with the management citing broken or defective rails as the cause of delays and interruptions. MRT officer-in-charge Renato San Jose said that they only have three rails left in the depot and another accident may force them to completely halt operations.
Finger-pointing ensued when MRTH presented their inventory, which shows missing spare parts. MRTH said that they lost track of their inventory when PH Trams took over in 2013.
Narvasa criticized the DOTC’s failure to respond to their request to rehabilitate the railway this year, as well as the maintenance provider’s shortcomings in actually maintaining the system and providing spare parts.
"There would be no talk of shutdown if the trains were being maintained properly," Narvasa said and he added that the Government’s plan to buyout the system "will not benefit the public right now."
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