Deputy PM inspects work on City's first metro line

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai yesterday led a Government delegation to inspect the construction of the Metro Line No1 project in HCM City, the first of its kind in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai inspects progress of the first metro line project in HCMC on August 8 (Photo: SGGP)

The railway route connecting Ben Thanh Market and Suoi Tien Theme Park will span 19.7km, including a 2.6km underground section. The line will have three underground and 11 elevated stations.

The total investment for the project is estimated at US$2.49 billion, with more than 88 per cent of the funds provided through Official Development Assistance from Japan, and the rest from the HCM City Government.

The route will be given a test run in 2019 before being officially put into operation the following year.

At the site, Deputy PM Hai inspected clearance work along the route, which has nearly been completed. Only some areas in Di An Commune in Binh Duong Province have yet to complete the work, but are estimated to finish by this October.

Deputy PM Hai instructed city leaders and relevant units to quickly resolve the problems in Di An Commune and get the project back on track following a two-year delay.

Source: VNS

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