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Clark Green City seen costing P200 billion

Published on 21 September 2012 [ manilatimes.net ]
Written by LOVELYN QUINTOS REPORTER

Building a ‘Green City’ at the 36,000 hectare portion of the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga will approximately cost P200 billion, while the Japanese government-led Monorail Project in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig will cost P26 billion, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president Arnel Casanova said recently.

“We have not finished the master plan for the Clark Green City yet but by December we will have a figure of how much investment. But I think over the years that would be about $5 billion or about P200 billion. That would be the worth of the project but that would be over the years,” Casanova said at the sidelines of the Second Integrity Summit held in Makati City.

He said that the master plan for the Clark Green City will be finished by December. BCDA earlier announced that joint venture firms PROS Architects and Engineers Co. and Woodfield Consultants Inc. were awarded the contract to master plan the property.

Casanova earlier said that the green metropolis would be a mix of industrial, institutional and commercial areas, which would apply green technologies by adapting a Green Building System. Renewable energy from sustaining sources will be used by all facilities and buildings in Clark Green City that is half the size of Metro Manila, BCDA said.

Casanova said that the Clark Green City will spur the development in Central Luzon and the entire country. He said that BCDA targets to finish developing the property by 2016, with the first phase of development to be implemented next year.

Monorail project
Meanwhile, the monorail project that would connect the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) traversing Edsa to the Bonifacio Global City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 is estimated to cost P26 billion, according to Casanova.

“We have estimated, based on the initial studies, that the monorail project would cost about P26 billion,” he said.

Casanova stressed, however, that the BCDA wants “to have a deeper understanding of the project” through the feasibility study. BCDA earlier said that the Japanese government, through its Ministry of Economy, Transportation and Industry, has approved a grant for the pre-feasibility study of the monorail project. Casanova said that Japanese firms Oriental Consulting and Nomura Research are conducting the pre-feasibility study.

The proposed 12.56-kilometer monorail will start at the Guadalupe Station of the MRT and will enter Bonifacio Global City via the north gate and end at NAIA 3 terminal building. Casanova said the BCDA sees necessary studies for the project to be completed soon and the actual project to be finished by 2016.

He also said that the BCDA expects Japanese contractors to be interested in the project since the Japanese government is funding the pre-feasibility study. However, Casanova said that there is no commitment that only Japanese firms will be allowed to join the bidding.

“Although I am quite sure that because the Japanese government is funding it [pre-feasibility study], Japanese companies will be interested, there is no commitment on our part that we will limit it to the Japanese contractors because as a general rule it will always be a public bidding process,” he said.

Casanova also said that BCDA hopes to discuss its projects with newly appointed Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya once he assumes office.

“We have the ongoing feasibility study on the monorail and then, hopefully we will be able to discuss, when Secretary Abaya assumes office in DOTC [Department of Transportation and Communications], how to move the Clark Airport Development and the Railway Development faster, and how we could work together as a team to realize this necessary projects for the country,” he said.
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