DR1 - In a letter addressed to Listin Diario columnist Orlando Gil, engineer Osiris de Leon writes that the Fernandez administration is paying much more for the Alstom metro cars compared to metro companies in China and Singapore. He says that in 2007, the 57 cars of line 1 were purchased for EUR1. 6 million each, while the Shanghai metro purchased the same cars from the same companies at the time for EUR850,000 each.
For line 2 he says we are purchasing each metro car for US$3 million, while the Singapore metro purchased each unit for US$1. 5 million.
"The country should know that the Shanghai metro paid Alstom EUR210 million and received 246 cars. While the DR has paid the same company EUR194 million and has received only 102 cars without any convincing explanation for the difference for the unbeatable metro," he writes.
He comments he was also critical of the Nizaito channel during the Balaguer administration and the Parque del Este sports installations during the Hipolito Mejia administration, as mega projects that have failed. Read original at DR1.