MPI proposes government to approve $1.75 billion Metro Line 3

July 12, 2021 | 13:54
The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has requested the prime minister’s approval to develop the Metro Line 3 project (Hanoi Railway Station-Hoang Mai Station) with the total investment capital of $1.75 billion.
MPI proposes government to approve $1.75 billion Metro Line 3
Metro Line 3 would be 13km long, connecting Tran Hung Dao-Tran Thanh Tong-Kim Nguu-Tam Trinh

The majority of the capital for Metro Line 3 will be mobilised from loans, including $940.8 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), $232.8 million from the French Development Agency (AFD), and $305.08 million from Germany's KfW Development Bank. The remaining $274.1 million will come from Hanoi’s budget.

Metro Line 3 will be 8.7km long, a little more than 8.13 km of which will run underground, with the rest being an open tunnel section leading to the depot area.

According to the project proposal, the metro line will include dual underground tunnels connecting Tran Hung Dao-Tran Thanh Tong-Kim Nguu-Tam Trinh, and a 10-hectare depot area located near Yen So pumping station.

The MPI requested the government to assign Hanoi People’s Committee to co-operate with the ADB, AFD, and KfW to conduct the pre-feasibility study for the project to serve as the basis for the implementation of the next steps.

Hanoi's public transport infrastructure development planning includes a total of eight lines. The first line would be the 13km Cat Linh-Hadong section running from downtown Dong Da district to Yen Nghia in Hadong district in the south-western part of the city.

The construction of the section began in October 2011 and was originally scheduled for completion in 2013. However, several hurdles, including loan disbursement issues with China, were only resolved in December 2017, stalling the process for years.

The second line running between Nhon and Hanoi Railway Station will have 10 trains imported from France. The entire metro line will 12.5km, 8.5km of which will be elevated and 4km will be underground. It will run through North Tu Liem, South Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, and Hoan Kiem districts. At present, the construction is being implemented.

By Minh Oanh

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