|The Bến Thành – Suối Tiên metro line in HCM City is expected to be operational by the end of next year. — VNS Photo Tiến Lực|
HCM CITY — HCM City’s metro line No 1 between Bến Thành Market in District 1 and Suối Tiên Tourist Park in District 9 will become operational by the end of 2020, according to the city’s Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR).
Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, Secretary of the city Party Committee, visited the construction site including Bến Thành Terminal and Phước Long and Ba Son stations.
Some 63 per cent of the 19.7km route has been completed so far, and 80 per cent is expected to be completed this year.
Costing more than VNĐ47 trillion (more than US$2.1 billion), it will have a 17.1km elevated section and 2.6km underground section and 14 stations, 11 of them elevated and 3 underground.
Nhân said MAUR should learn from other countries’experience in building metros.
Bùi Xuân Cường, head of MAUR, said 1,425 workers and engineers are working to complete the line.
City authorities are also focused on acquiring land for the metro line No 2 between Bến Thành Market and Tham Lương Bus Terminal (in District 12). Tenders have been invited for the construction, which is scheduled to begin in 2020.
The city has given priority to the first two metro routes, Cường said.
According to the deputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Trần Vĩnh Tuyến, relevant agencies have approved the compensation to be paid for lands for the second line.
He urged district authorities to speed up land clearance so that construction could begin on schedule.
The city’s transport infrastructure master plan envisages building 220km of urban railway at a cost of nearly $250 billion.— VNS