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Ho Chi Minh City proposes a new $2.9 billion metro line

15:40 | 07/05/2020

Ho Chi Minh City authorities have proposed a 20-kilometer-long worth VND68 trillion ($2.9 billion) metro line to the Ministry of Planning and Investment for consideration.

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The total investment of this metro line is approximately 68 trillion VND ($2.9 billion) (Photo: Tien phong)

This is one of eight metro projects approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to improve Ho Chi Minh city’s public transportation system and ease traffic congestion in Vietnam’s largest metropolis, home to 13 million people including migrants.

According to research conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the project has a total length of nearly 20 km, passing through 8 districts with 18 stations and the total estimated investment of approximately 68 trillion VND ($2.9 billion).

Metro line No. 3A will connect Ben Thanh station in District 1 and Tan Kien Ward in Binh Chanh District. It will be built in two phases. Phase one will build the 9.7 kilometer stretch from Ben Thanh Market to the Mien Tay bus terminal. Work on phase 1 is expected to start in 2025 and be completed in 2031.

Work on phase two, from the Mien Tay bus station to Tan Kien, more than 10 kilometers long, is scheduled to begin in 2028 and finish in 2034. Nearly half of the metro line will be underground, according to VnExpress.

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An elevated section of the Metro Line 1 in HCMC. (Photo: VnExpress)

Urban railway No. 3A is one of the arterial railway lines, which is particularly important in the establishment and construction of a large-volume public transport system of Ho Chi Minh City.

Once completed, this project will connect directly with Metro Line 1 to create a modern, radial public transport corridor connecting the Northeast and Southwest areas of the City, reported by Tien phong.

ho chi minh city proposes a new 29 billion metro line
According to the plan approved by the Prime Minister, HCMC has 8 metro lines (Photo: Thanh Nien)

The city's first metro line was approved in 2007 at a cost of VND17.4 trillion ($747 million). It runs 20 kilometers (12 miles) through the city's 1, 2, 9, Binh Thanh and Thu Duc districts, and the neighboring Binh Duong Province's Di An District.

Last November, the National Assembly allowed city authorities to approve a new cost estimate of VND43.6 trillion ($1.87 billion). The line is now 72 percent complete. By the end of this year, it is expected to reach 85 percent, and go fully operational by the end of 2021.

According to the plan approved by the Prime Minister, HCMC has 8 metro lines. Currently, metro line No. 1 (Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien) is being urgently constructed, expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Metro line No. 2 (Ben Thanh - Tham Luong) is in the phase of field clearance.

The leader of the HCM City Urban Railway Project Management Board affirmed that the submission of this project proposal to the Ministry of Planning and Investment showed the city's determination to complete the urban railway network, solve the problem of congestion and traffic accidents, reduce environmental pollution, and pave the way for the sustainable development of the city's transport system, according to Tien phong.

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