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Downtown terminal of Ho Chi Minh City’s metro route No.1 nears completion

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 18:20 GMT+7
Downtown terminal of Ho Chi Minh City’s metro route No.1 nears completion
The construction fences of the Municipal Theater Terminal of Ho Chi Minh City’s metro line No. 1 project have been removed. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The fences in front of the Municipal Theater in downtown Ho Chi Minh City have been removed as the construction of an underground terminal of metro route No. 1 is almost complete.

According to the city’s Management Authority for Urban Railways, the metro terminal, named after the Municipal Theater, measures 190 meters long, 26 meters wide, and is designed to have four underground floors.

The first floor includes a lobby, ticket booths, automatic ticket gates, and an information station.

Passengers will get on and off the trains on the second and fourth floors.

A bird’s-eye view of the area in front of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of the area in front of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The 3rd floor is reserved for equipment storerooms, a disaster control center, a rest area, electrical rooms, air conditioning and ventilation systems, electromechanical rooms, and a sewage pumping system.

Meanwhile, the area on the surface, which lies in front of the Municipal Theater and between Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue Streets, is expected to be a green space for flower gardens and trees.

A bird’s-eye view of the area in front of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of the area in front of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The first floor of the Municipal Theater Terminal has been finished, about 96 days ahead of the original schedule despite the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.

The Management Authority for Urban Railways will continue working with relevant units to accelerate the construction of other parts of the metro project, including rails, electromechanical systems, signal and information systems, and stations.

About 85 percent of the project is expected to be complete this year, and the metro line will come on stream in late 2021.

A bird’s-eye view of the area in front of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of the area in front of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The trains for the metro route have undergone the final phase of technical evaluation by the Japanese contractor.

It is still unclear when the trains will be imported into Vietnam due to the ongoing pandemic.

Flowers are being planted in the area. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Flowers are being planted above the Municipal Theater Terminal in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Metro route No. 1, which runs from Ben Thanh in District 1 to Suoi Tien in District 9, is 19.7km long, including 2.6km underground railways and 17.1km elevated railways.

The project includes three underground stations and 11 stations above the ground.

The construction started in August 2012, and about 72 percent of the work has been finished.

Flowers are being planted in the area. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Flowers are being planted above the Municipal Theater Terminal in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Flowers are being planted in the area. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Flowers are being planted above the Municipal Theater Terminal in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A stairway leading to the Municipal Theater Terminal of metro route No.1 in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A stairway leading to the Municipal Theater Terminal of metro route No. 1 in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The first underground floor of the Municipal Theater Terminal of metro route No.1 in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The first underground floor of the Municipal Theater Terminal of metro route No. 1 in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The first underground floor of the Municipal Theater Terminal of metro route No.1 in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The first underground floor of the Municipal Theater Terminal of metro route No. 1 in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The first underground floor of the Municipal Theater Terminal of metro route No.1 in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The first underground floor of the Municipal Theater Terminal of metro route No. 1 in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A tunnel connecting the Municipal Theater Terminal with Ben Thanh Terminal of Ho Chi Minh City’s metro line No.1. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A tunnel connecting the Municipal Theater Terminal with Ben Thanh Terminal of Ho Chi Minh City’s metro line No. 1. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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