Several railcars of Ho Chi Minh City’s metro line No. 1, which are being kept at Long Binh Depot in Thu Duc City, have been smeared with paint and graffiti.
At least two out of 51 cars of the metro route have been sprayed with paint, the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR), developer of the project, confirmed on Saturday.
This is the first time such an incident has occurred since the first train was imported to the southern metropolis in October last year.
The area where the railcars are kept, located within Long Binh Depot in Thu Duc City, is still under the management of the contractor as the package has not been finished and handed over to the MAUR.
The metro line No. 1 is 19.7 kilometers long, including 2.6 kilometers of underground railways and 17.1 kilometers of elevated tracks.
It runs from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to Suoi Tien Theme Park in Thu Duc City through three underground stations and 11 stops above the ground.
The line has 17 trains, each consisting of three cars and designed to run at up to 110 kilometers per hour above the ground and 80 kilometers per hour underground.
Each Japanese-manufactured train is 61.5 meters long and can carry 930 passengers, including 147 seating and 783 standing guests.
The first train was delivered to Khanh Hoi Port in Ho Chi Minh City on October 8, 2020, while the last two trains arrived in early May.
The metro project, which started in August 2012, has a total investment of VND43.7 trillion (US$1.9 billion).
About 91 percent of the metro line has been finished so far.
The metro line is expected to be put into operation in late 2023.