New metro route set for construction in 2010

Construction on Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Thanh Market-Tham Luong metro route will begin at the end of April next year, a meeting heard November 28.

Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, ordered authorities in District 12 and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to step up clearance at Tham Luong depot to begin the work on time.

The 11.322-kilometer metro route will begin at Ben Thanh Market and run to Pham Hong Thai, Cach Mang Thang 8, and Truong Chinh streets to Tham Luong Bridge. The route will run 9.315 kilometers underground and 0.778 kilometers above ground.

According to the Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR), the US$1.247 billion Ben Thanh-Tham Luong metro route is part of a second metro route, which starts at District 2’s Thu Thiem new urban area. The route will end at either Hoc Mon District’s An Suong Bus Station or in northwest Cu Chi New Urban Area.

MAUR said a three-coach train would run along the route with a capacity of 810 passengers in the first stage.

A total of six metro routes are planned to be built by 2025 to develop city transport.

The first metro route from Ben Thanh Market to Suoi Tien Amusement Park began construction on February 21 last year.

By Nguyen Khoa – Translated by Hoang Nhan

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