The Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Raimundo do Rosário, told the media last Thursday that authorities expect to launch a new tender to continue the much delayed construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) depot as early as the second quarter of next year.
Long locked in a stalemate with the company leading the project’s construction over the specifics of the contract, the authorities have finally reached a consensus after two years of negotiations, and have decided to call for a new contractor to undertake the construction. The delays in the construction of the depot resulted in a stagnation of the first phase of the citywide transit system for over one year.
However, as both sides move forward following the termination, certain details in regard to compensation and accountability must be addressed in order to finalize the whole process. The senior official said that he would elaborate on the project in the upcoming Policy Address debate at the city’s Legislative Assembly, which is slated for December 9 and 10.
In addition, according to Raimundo do Rosário, two out of seven blocks within the Islands District Medical Complex are in the foundation-laying stages of construction, with similar construction for another two slated for either next month or early next year.
Information about the prospective fourth bridge connecting the Macau peninsula’s additional land swathe, labeled as Zone A, with Taipa’s Zone B will be provided soon, the policymaker also hinted. The decision to build a bridge was announced earlier during chief executive Chui Sai On’s Policy Address.