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Elementary school students visit underground metro station in Ho Chi Minh City

Elementary school students visit underground metro station in Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, November 26, 2023, 11:38 GMT+7
Elementary school students visit underground metro station in Ho Chi Minh City
Elementary school students in Ho Chi Minh City visit the underground Ba Son Station of the first metro line in the city on November 25, 2023. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

More than 40 elementary school students in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday morning visited the underground Ba Son Station in District 1 of the first metro line and learned about the construction of metro lines.

The visit was part of a reading event held at the underground station, which was among the activities to celebrate 50 years of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties.

The students expressed their excitement at the visit and expected the metro line to be put into operation soon.

More than 40 elementary school students in Ho Chi Minh City visited the underground Ba Son Station in District 1 of the city’s first metro line on November 25, 2023.

"The space at the underground Ba Son Station is airy and clean," said Le Duy Khanh Ngoc, a student of Nguyen Binh Khiem Elementary School in District 1.

“Through the activity today, I understand that the construction of a metro line requires high costs and many people’s efforts.

"I hope the metro line will be completed soon so that I can ride it.”

The event helped broaden the students’ knowledge about metro lines -- a modern and friendly public transport mode -- thus developing the habit of using public transport in the future, according to Vu Minh Huyen, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR), the investor of the metro line project.

The students excitedly visit the underground station. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The students excitedly visit the underground station. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The first metro line in Ho Chi Minh City, which stretches from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to Suoi Tien Theme Park in Thu Duc City, is now 96.74 percent complete.

It was expected to be completed at the end of this year and start commercial operation in July 2024.

The 19.7-kilometer metro line includes 2.6 kilometers of underground railways and 17.1 kilometers of elevated tracks, carrying a price tag of VND43.7 trillion (US$1.8 billion).

It runs through three underground stations and 11 stops above the ground.

Some 1,500 Japanese and Vietnamese experts, engineers, and workers have been mobilized to execute the project.

They were provided with comic books and learned about the construction of metro lines. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

They were provided with comic books and learned about the construction of metro lines. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The students go downstairs to reach the Ba Son Station. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The students go downstairs to reach the Ba Son Station. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The station is basically completed. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The station is basically completed. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Photos of the metro line and the construction process of the underground Ba Son Station are displayed at the station. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Photos of the metro line and the construction of the underground Ba Son Station are displayed at the station. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Responding to a student’s question about the time needed to develop a metro line, a MAUR representative said it would take a long time, at least five to six years. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Responding to a student’s question about the time needed to develop a metro line, a MAUR representative said it would take a long time, at least five to six years. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The students expressed their excitement at the visit and hoped the metro line will be put into operation soon. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The students expressed their excitement at the visit and hoped the metro line would come on stream soon. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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