HCM City (VNA) – Prime Minister
Nguyen Xuan Phuc and leaders of some ministries and agencies went to inspect the
construction of Metro Line No. 1 in Ho Chi Minh City on April 12.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and leaders of some ministries and agencies went
to inspect the construction of Metro Line No. 1 in Ho Chi Minh City on April 12.
Linking Ben Thanh Market in District 1 up with Suoi Tien Tourism Park in
District 9, Metro Line No.1 is the first of eight metro lines planned in the
southern metropolis, with a total length of about 220 km and accumulated funding
of nearly 25 billion USD.
The project, whose construction began
in April 2012, includes four bidding packages using official development
assistance (ODA) loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
By now, up to 63.49 percent of the
workload has been fulfilled. The construction is expected to be completed in
2020 and the metro line, also the first of its kind in Vietnam, is set to be
open to the public the following year.
PM Phuc lauded the efforts made by
ministries and agencies, authorities of HCM City, and officials and workers at
the construction site during the implementation of the project.
He described the project as a vivid
manifestation of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan, which
marked the 45th anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic ties last year.
The PM used the occasion to thank the
Japanese government, embassy, and consulate general, as well as the JICA for
their support in implementing the important project.
He said the Vietnamese Government has
worked with competent agencies to allow HCM City to take charge of adjusting
total estimate of the project, thus ensuring resources for the construction.
PM Phuc expressed his hope that the
project will go smoothly, meeting requirements of safety, quality, and progress.