PPP: SM insists that common station should be built near its mall

The SM Group insists that the common station for Metro Manila’s overhead train system be constructed near its mall at North EDSA in Quezon City.

According to SM Prime Holdings Inc. legal counsel Edgar Ryan San Juan, SM has not yet received any communication from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) regarding the purported revised plans for the common station.

“In any case, we remain hopeful that the government will respect the terms of our valid and binding contract to locate the common station in front of SM North EDSA,” said San Juan.

The DOTC said it would pursue two common stations, one near the SM North EDSA and the other beside Ayala’s Trinoma Mall.

The new strategy was meant to resolve a conflict with SM over the common station. 

Earlier, SM Prime secured a Supreme Court stay order which barred DOTC from transferring the location of the common station to Trinoma Mall.

The DOTC decided to relocate the common station to Trinoma from SM North due to P1 billion worth of savings the government would realize from the transfer.

Under an earlier agreement between SM Prime and Light Rail Transit Authority, the common station should be situated beside SM North EDSA. SM Prime even paid the government P200 million for the naming rights for the proposed station. 

In an earlier statement, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said the best solution to resolve the issue on common station was to build it somewhere between SM North EDSA and Trinoma shopping mall.

He said the two common stations for MRT Line 3, LRT Line 1 and the proposed MRT Line 7 would be efficient.