VOV.VN - Ho Chi Minh City’s metro line No 1 linking Ben Thanh market and Suoi Tien Amusement Park is set to be given a trial run from Long Binh depot to Ben Thanh station before December 31, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway Management Board.
This information was unveiled at a ceremony held on February 10 to kick-start incomplete components of the metro route project.
Addressing the event, Le Hoa Binh, deputy head of the municipal government, emphasised that despite the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the metro line No 1 has so far fulfilled 89% of its workload. Eleven trains have been imported to Vietnam and they are ready for the test run.
Binh requested the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway Management Board and contractors to exert greater efforts to ensure the project’s overall quality and progress under the terms of the set plan.
Nguyen Quoc Hien, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway Management Board, said the Metro Line No 1 is expected to be put into commercial operation next year in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan. He added that a test run of the elevated line will be conducted before December 31.
At a cost of US$2.05 billion, the Metro Line No 1 is the first of at least six to be built in the southern city that helps ease traffic congestion in its north-eastern gateway.