09:43 | 06/02/2017 Society
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung urged relevant units to speed up urban railway projects during a field trip to project sites on February 4.
Hanoi is currently implementing two urban railway projects with the hope of easing traffic congestion which has been becoming increasingly worse.
The first railway project runs from Cat Linh ward in Dong Da district to Ha Dong district with a total length of 13.05 kilometres and 12 elevated stations.
The construction and installation of the line is expected to be complete in the first quarter this year. The first of 13 four-carriage trains is expected to arrive in Hai Phong port on February 5. Up to 651 people are being trained to operate the line.
In another project, an urban rail line running from Nhon, Tu Liem district, to Hanoi railway station, is being constructed.
The line has a total length of 12.5 kilometres, in which 8.5 kilometres is elevated and 4 kilometres runs underground. It has 12 stations, including eight elevated and four underground platforms.
The construction of the line is behind schedule due to problems in land clearance and tree displacement. The construction of the underground section is scheduled to begin in the first quarter.
The Deputy PM appreciated efforts of contractors but asked them to ensure the projects overall quality and that they remain on schedule.