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First metro line in Hanoi misses October test run plan

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The Ministry of Transport yesterday confirmed that Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project which is the first metro line in Hanoi cannot start trial run in October as per scheduled because of financial shortage.

Construction site of the Cat Linh - Ha Dong Urban Railway project at Hoang Cau Lake in Dong Da District, Ha Noi (Photo: VNA/VNS)

Construction site of the Cat Linh - Ha Dong Urban Railway project at Hoang Cau Lake in Dong Da District, Ha Noi (Photo: VNA/VNS)

That has been due to the slow disbursement of US$250.62 million supplemented for the project because of legal procedures from ministries, agencies and China Eximbank.
The ministry said that it had worked with relevant sites to solve the issue.
So far, Cat Linh-Ha Dong project has completed 95 percent of construction value and capital shortage has delayed the remaining part.
Many items are left half-done including a depot in Ha Dong district, some stations and internal roads.

By BICH QUYEN – Translated by Hai Mien

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