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On 9/11, Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railway (MAUR – Investor) said that this underground track has just been coordinated with CP3 package contractor (in charge of electro-mechanical equipment, wagons and rails) under Metro No. 1 (Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien section) for construction. Two parallel tracks between the Opera House and Ben Thanh station at 660 m long and 1,435 mm wide.

The contractor mobilizes 56 engineers and workers for this item. They have been vaccinated with 2 covid-19 doses and 5K compliance. The track installation is expected to be completed in early 2022, helping connect the entire rail system of the metro line of Ben Thanh – Long Binh depot (in Thu Duc City) of about 20 km.

Metro No. 1 underground section is about 2.6 km long, with 3 stations located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) including Ba Son, Opera House and Ben Thanh. Currently, the two stations of the Opera House and Ba Son have completed items such as the lobby, ticket machines and automatic toll gates. Ben Thanh station alone is planned to be completed by the end of 2021.

It is the central station of Metro Line No. 1 and will connect lines including No. 2 (Ben Thanh – Tham Luong), 3A (Ben Thanh – Tan Kien), and No. 4 (Thanh Xuan – Hiep Phuoc urban area). Each underground station of the project is designed with its own architecture, similar to the landscape and culture… in such area. Previously in last year February, Metro line No. 1 operated the entire route from Ben Thanh to Thu Duc City.

This event marks the transition from the construction phase of the structure to the installation of the rail, electromechanical, and signaling systems; completing and connecting the stations with other types of public transport. The first train was imported to HCMC in 10/2020 and 6 more have been given and prepared for testing.

As the first urban railway project in HCMC, Metro line No. 1 has been invested a total investment of more than 43,700 billion VND. In addition to the 3 said underground stations, 14 elevated stations are belonged to the Project. Currently, the entire metro line has reached about 88% of the volume, however it is hard to reach the completion target by late 2021 as planned due to the impact of Covid-19.

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