City urges acceleration of site clearance for metro project

The chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Le Hoang Quan has recently urged district authorities to complete compensation and site clearance for the Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien metro line project.

Leaders of the Ministry of Transport and HCM City at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro route.

Mr. Quan said on August 6 site clearance for the project was behind schedule, as compensation was too slow.

According to the city’s Urban Railways Management Board, currently more than 1,877 households have not yet been compensated. Most households did not agree with the level of compensation and resettlement plans.

Mr Quan said the USD1.1 billion Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien metro line is a key project but the compensation and site clearance was too slow due to many weakness, such as management and the price of compensation, which has risen four to five times the initial estimate.

Mr. Quan asked districts to check all households on the proposed site as well as campaigning for citizens to support the project.

The Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro route will be 19.7 kilometers long, and will travel through District 1, Binh Thanh, District 2, Thu Duc and District 9 up to Di An District, Binh Duong Province.

Of the line, 2.6 kilometers will be underground and 17.1 kilometers above ground.

The line will start from Ben Thanh market and go through Le Loi – near the city’s Opera House - Nguyen Sieu - Ba Son Enterprise area - Van Thanh canal - cross the Saigon River - Hanoi Highway - Suoi Tien Park and the depot at Long Binh.

Construction of most parts of the metro line was planned to start at the beginning of the year.

The plan originally envisioned all necessary land be available for construction by 2007 and the line complete by 2013, with a capacity of more than 500,000 passengers per day.

By Q.Hung - Translated by Quoc Thoi

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