PM helps remove obstacles for US$1.42 bln Hanoi urban rail line

VOV.VN - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on August 7 made an inspection trip to the Nhon – Hanoi Station urban rail line in the capital to help remove obstacles for the project.

The Nhon – Hanoi Station project is one of the mass transit lines in the Hanoi Metro network. The municipal administration broke the ground on the project in September 2010 but construction has yet to be completed due to various reasons.

The project has a total investment capital of VND33,000 billion (US$1.42 billion) sourced from the local administration, the French Government, the French Development Agency, the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.

It has a total length of 12.5 km, passing through eight elevated stations and four underground stations, of which the elevated section (Nhon - Cau Giay) is 8.5 km long and the underground section (Cau Giay - Hanoi Railway Station) is 4 km long.

Once it is officially put into operation, trains running on the route are designed to operate at an average speed of 35 km per hour.

Currently investors and contractors are finalizing a report for submission to the Hanoi municipal administration to ask for adjusting the completion time and adding capital to the project.

According to the Vietnam-France Joint Statement released after the France visit in November 2021 by PM Pham Minh Chinh, the elevated section of the project needs to be completed and put into commercial operation in December 2022. Construction will be continued for the underground section after 2022.

After the field trip, PM Pham Minh Chinh held a working session with leaders of relevant ministries and the Hanoi administration, in order to remove obstacles for the project.