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Ho Chi Minh City seeks gov’t approval to build third metro line worth $3bln

Xuan Thinh Wednesday | 05/06/2020 16:46

A train of the Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro line. Photo: MAUR

The government of Ho Chi Minh City is seeking prime minister’s approval to the metro line numbered 3A linking the city’s downtown Ben Thanh and Tan Kien in Binh Chanh district.

The 20-kilometer railway which is projected to cost VND68 trillion ($3 billion) will connect with the unreconstructed metro No. 1, the Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien, said Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway Management Board.

The metro line 3A with 18 stations passing eight districts will be built under the assistance of the Japanese government.

Consultant proposed to separate the investment into 2 phases. The first phase from Ben Thanh to Western coach station, 9.9 km long, mainly going underground, is expected to be constructed from 2025 to 2031.

The 3A metro line has 18 stations. Photo: MAUR
The 3A metro line has 18 stations. Photo: MAUR

And the second phase will be built from the Western coach station to Tan Kien, 9.7 km long, is expected to be constructed between 2028 and 2034.

The Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro line has been loaded 73% of work and is expected to be put into operation by the end of 2021, while the Metro line No. 2, the Ben Thanh - Tham Luong will start next year. This project will be put into operation in 2026.

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