The mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas, announced on Thursday 24 September that the Metro Alianza consortium will audit and oversee the Line 1 project, following the approval of the $27.9 million contract from the various multilateral lending agencies who are financing the project.
“This consortium will be responsible for overseeing and ensuring all contractual terms are met in full and the company Metro de Quito will ensure that the audit is completed correctly,” said the Mayor.
According to Rodas, the final amount agreed with the consortium is lower than the initial budget reference set at $31 million.
Bids for the audit of phase II of the Quito Metro project were submitted on February 14, 2014 by Metro Alianza; Asociación Geodata-Ineco-Ingeconsult; Consorcio Sener-Astec; Consorcio Systra-Typsa; and Consorcio ECC21-Infraestructuras.
The mayor also confirmed that the Acciona Odebrecht consortium was provisionally granted the phase 2 construction contract, and this will be ratified once approval is received from the projects financial contributors.
The phase two construction contract will include 13 stations and a tunnel, and works are expected to begin before the end of 2015.
Rodas explained that the metro project is an important investment, which will ultimately help stimulate and strengthen the economy of the Ecuadorian capital.
“These resources will generate thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities, and dynamism on production activities”, Rodas insists.