The People’s Committee of Hanoi has asked for the prime minister’s approval for a delay in the commercial operation date of an elevated section of the Nhon-Hanoi Station metro line project to August this year instead of late last year as earlier planned.
This is the ninth delay proposed for the operation of the metro line.
In particular, the city will complete a package to construct a depot in May this year so that the metro line will be checked and certified for safety in August.
Moreover, the operation of the route on a trial basis with 57 scenarios will be conducted within eight weeks, starting from May to June 2023.
At a meeting between the Hanoi People’s Committee and relevant agencies in August last year, the government leader required completing the elevated section of the metro line by the end of last year and coming up with solutions to shorten the required time to complete an underground section by half from the proposed 2027.
Work on the Nhon-Hanoi Station metro line project, the second route to be put into operation after Cat Linh-Ha Dong in the capital city, started in September 2010 and was initially expected to be completed in 2016.
The route is slated to run 12.5 kilometers from Nhon Station in Nam Tu Liem District to the Hanoi Railway Station in the downtown area, including 8.5 kilometers on elevated tracks and four kilometers underground.
After 13 years of construction, the project is now about 75 percent complete with investment rising from VND18 trillion (US$764.9 million) to over VND34.5 trillion ($1.5 billion).