QC lifts halt order to MRT-7 construction above Quezon Memorial Circle

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 28 2020 06:43 PM

MANILA - The Quezon City Government on Friday lifted the cease and desist order for an MRT-7 station that allegedly encroached on a city landmark.

City Mayor Joy Belmonte lifted its halt order on the above-ground construction of MRT-7 Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) station after thrashing out a solution with the project proponents and various stakeholders.

The city government ordered the suspension of the project after environmentalists and historians said “it would affect the landmark's identity as a national heritage park.”

"We want to look for a win-win solution that would protect our open spaces while advancing the welfare of thousands of commuters who will benefit from the mass transport project," Belmonte had said.

The local government had initiated talks with developer San Miguel Corp (SMC), its contractor, the National Housing Authority and other stakeholders.

SMC president Ramon Ang earlier said it considered Belmonte's concerns and clarified that most of the work at the Quezon Memorial Circle is still underground, and no major above-ground structure has been built.

As of Feb. 2020, the MRT-7 project was over 50 percent complete, SMC said.

The railway is composed of 14 stations and aims to cut travel time from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan to just 35 minutes. 

It is expected to serve 850,000 commuters once operational, SMC said.