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Japanese experts to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City for metro construction

Japanese experts to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City for metro construction

Sunday, September 06, 2020, 08:43 GMT+7
Japanese experts to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City for metro construction
The construction site of metro route No. 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

A team of Japanese experts is expected to arrive in Vietnam later this month to facilitate the construction of metro route No. 1 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Six Japanese experts will land in Vietnam on September 18 and undergo 14-day quarantine following their arrival, the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR) confirmed on Thursday.

These pundits are in charge of carrying our preparations for the import of the first train of the city’s metro route No. 1.

Two South Korean experts had previously arrived in the southern metropolis and begun working on the construction site of the metro line on August 24, after completing the government-mandated quarantine period.

The two experts are in charge of installing the roof of Tan Cang Station, which is expected to be completed by the end of October.

As foreign experts are now allowed to enter Vietnam, the implementation of metro route No. 1 in Ho Chi Minh City will be expedited, according to the MAUR.

The agency will continue working with relevant agencies to bring other foregin experts into Vietnam to work on the construction site.

More than 100 foreign personnel who play important roles in the construction of the metro system were previously unable to enter Vietnam due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Metro route No. 1, which runs from Ben Thanh in District 1 to Suoi Tien in District 9, is 19.7 kilometers long, including 2.6 kilometers running underground and 17.1 kilometers of 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 as of September 2020.

About 85 percent of the project is expected to have been completed by the end of this year, and the metro will come on stream in late 2021.

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