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Notice to Proceed for Managaha operation out soon

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THE Department of Public Lands will soon issue a Notice to Proceed to U-Top Investment (Saipan) Inc., the new concessionaire on Managaha.

In an interview on Friday, DPL real estate division director Bonnie Royal said the department notified U-Top two weeks ago that it has met all the requirements, and that DPL is ready to issue a notice-to-proceed.

This week, she said DPL’s real estate division will meet with the former concessionaire, Tasi Tours, and then with U-Top to discuss the transition.

Royal said although the new concession agreement was signed in August 2019, DPL had to secure all the requirements prior to the issuance of the Notice to Proceed. These requirements, she added, “are crucial to the operation of Managaha,” and include a reverse osmosis or RO system, “which is a big thing for us.”

U-Top Royal submitted its report on the completion of RO system and in meeting the other requirements, “and that’s the reason we notified them that we are ready to issue a Notice to Proceed,” Royal said.

Tasi Tours did not submit a bid for a new concession agreement to operate Managaha. Over the last several months, Tasi Tours has been operating on Managaha on a monthly basis.

Early last year, DPL awarded the concession agreement to Triple J, which later withdrew its bid due “to difficulty in acquiring liability insurance for Managaha operation,” DPL said.

DPL then awarded the concession to U-Top. The agreement was signed by U-Top on Aug. 17, 2019, by the DPL secretary on Aug. 26, 2019, and by the attorney general on Sept. 6, 2019. U-Top paid DPL $360,000 for the first year of the concession.

U-Top chairwoman Lin Yan told Variety that her company was ready to take over the Managaha concession.

U-Top said once it is issued a Notice to Proceed, “a series of improvements will be made including the refurbishing of the docking area, retrofitting of pavilions damaged by the typhoons, and improved signs and other amenities.”

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