Despite the complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic, construction of the HCMC’s Metro Line No.2, connecting Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and Tham Luong depot in District 12, is scheduled to start at the end of this year while 85 percent amount of the total work of Metro Line No.1, connecting Ben Thanh Market and the Suoi Tien Theme Park in District 9, has been completed, announced the HCMC Urban Railway Management Board (MAUR).
The map of Metro line 2
Nearly 99 percent of site clearance in districts of 10 and Tan Binh where the metro line No.2 will run across has been completed.
The site clearance for the whole route currently reaches 78.61 percent. Specifically, 474 out of 603 households affected by the project have handed over their land.
The process of site clearance has been slowly carried out from the beginning until date due to districts’ compensation adjustment.
The MAUR finished signing Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) with busineses, investors, contractors and relevant units, and selected designs and decorations of metro system networks, lines, and stations.
The metro design is expected to be completed in June and July to submit for competent departments’s assessments.
The MAUR has proposed the People’s Committee of HCMC to assess designs of technical infrastructure items to speed up the approval process.
The Government has delegated the Ministry of Finance to conduct and coordinate with relevant units to carry out procedures on loan assessment process, determining financial mechanism, negotiating credit agreements and signing loan agreements and then give the People’s Committee of HCMC implementing instructions.
The MAUR will send letters of invitation for bids to contractors and begin relocation of technical infrastructure system from now until the end of this year.
The Metro Line 2 which runs across districts 1, 3, 10, 12, Tan Binh and Tan Phu has a total length of 11.3 km, including a 2km elevated section and 9.3km underground, and 11 stations including 10 underground and 1 elevated. The project was approved with a total investment of VND47, 890 (US$2 billion). The much expected project of citizens is scheduled to be built in 2026.
Additionaly, the city authorities plans construction projects of six metro lines, including 19.8km route 3A from Ben Thanh Market to Tan Kien depot in Binh Chanh District; 2.2 km route 3B from Cong Hoa Intersection in District 3 to Hiep Binh Phuoc in Thu Duc City; 35.75km route 4A from District 12’s Thanh Xuan Ward to Hiep Phuoc Urban area in Nha Be District; 3.2km route 4B from Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District to Lang Cha Ca roundabound in Tan Binh District; 23.39km route 5 from Sai Gon Bridge to Can Giuoc Bus Station in District 8; and 6.8km route 6 from Ba Queo crossroad in Tan Binh District to Phu Lam roundabout in District 6.
Hundreds of affected households on Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in District 10 have handed over their land for the project. (Photo: SGGP)