Panay Railways to Focus on Tourism Areas
KALIBO, Aklan - The proposed revival of the Panay Railway System will focus on tourism areas in the province once the developer starts construction in 2011.
Engr. Roger Esto, provincial planning development officer, said tourism areas such as Tangalan and Ibajay will be included in the railway route.
Tangalan and Ibajay are known for its beaches and diving sites. They serve as alternative destinations for Boracay Island.
Esto disclosed that most of the route of the railway will be established at the coastlines to prevent congestion of traffic at the national highway.
The Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan endorsed the revival of the operations of the Panay Railway System last year.
The project is being undertaken by the Regional Development Council and the National Economic Development Authority. Construction work will start this year.
The 117-kilometer railway will start in Iloilo City to Roxas, Capiz and then end in Aklan.
“While the route of the railway passes through alternative tourism destinations, its main purpose is to provide faster transportation for tourists bound for Boracay Island,” Esto said./PN
Jun Ariolo N. Aguirre