16:09 | 31/05/2016 Society
Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang inspected the construction site of the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro route in Ho Chi Minh City on May 28, asking for plans to speed up the progress of the metro project.
Secretary Dinh La Thang inspects the construction site of the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro route
He also criticised the city's Urban Railway Management Board for the delay in implementing the Ben Thanh station package, resulting in the slow roll-out of the entire project.
Hoang Nhu Cuong, deputy head of the city's Urban Railway Management Board said that relevant units are promptly completing the 20km-metro route passing through Districts 1, 2, 9, Binh Thanh, Thu Duc, Di An and Binh Duong province which was commenced in August 2012 with a total investment of US$2.4 billion.
Cuong noted that around 50% of the metro project and 80% of the elevated section has thus far been completed. However, some items of the underground sections will be delayed due to changes in city planning.
In particular, the Ben Thanh station package has yet to be implemented because of difficulties in bidding and a lack of capital.
Secretary Dinh La Thang told relevant agencies to form plans to accelerate the progress of the project while ensuring safety of the project, particularly in residential areas and elevated sections.
He also asked for the synchronous completion of all packages to soon put the metro route into operation to pay debts as the project is using ODA loans./.