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Bird's eye view of Saigon’s maiden metro line

Friday, May 26, 2017, 09:51 GMT+7

Check out Saigon’s under-construction metro system, the first of its kind in the southern metropolis, in these aerial photos taken by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The megaproject, featuring a 17.2-km above-ground section with 11 stops and five special bridges, is 67.4 percent complete, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency and contractors.

So far, the completed sections of the project meet all quality standards, employing advanced technology never used before in Vietnam, despite geological challenges.

The railway track for the section connecting Ben Thanh in District 1 with Suoi Tien in District 9 is scheduled to be laid in early August.

Five special bridges will be built to support the subway system, the most beautiful of which will be near Van Thanh.

Below are photos of the nearly complete metro line.

1-jpg-1495698317.jpgThe metro section passing Thu Duc District. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

2-jpg-1495698317.jpgThe metro section passing Thu Duc District. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre    

4-jpg-1495698377.jpgThe metro section passing Thu Duc District. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

6-jpg-1495698426.jpgThe metro line near Rach Chiec Bridge. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

9-jpg-1495698564.jpgThe metro line near the Rach Chiec Bridge. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

10-jpg-1495698536.jpgThe metro line near the Rach Chiec Bridge. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

11-jpg-1495698632.jpgThe metro section near Cat Lai. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

12-jpg-1495698674.jpgThe metro section passing through District 9. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

15-jpg-1495698773.jpgThe metro line near the Saigon Bridge. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

18-jpg-1495698824.jpgThe metro section connecting District 2 and Binh Thanh District. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

20-jpg-1495698894.jpgThe metro section connecting District 2 and Binh Thanh District. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

23-jpg-1495699122.jpgThe metro section connecting District 2 and Binh Thanh District. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

13-jpg-1495698718.jpgAn under-construction metro stop in Thao Dien. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

21-jpg-1495698983.jpgAn under-construction metro stop near the Quach Thi Trang Square. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

24-jpg-1495699175.jpgA stairway leading to the Thao Dien metro stop. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

29-jpg-1495699222.jpgA stairway leading to the Thao Dien metro stop. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

19-1495698919.jpgThe metro system is seen from above at night. Photo: Quang Dinh/Tuoi Tre

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