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NA delegate urges handling of Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line woes
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NA delegate urges handling of Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line woes

The Saigon Times

A train of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway system. NA Delegate Nguyen Phi Thuong from Hanoi City has proposed the Government quickly remove obstacles facing the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – National Assembly (NA) delegate Nguyen Phi Thuong from Hanoi City has proposed the Government quickly remove obstacles facing the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project so that it can be put into operation later this year and avoid a delay for the ninth time.

Speaking at the second phase of the NA’s 10th sitting on November 3, NA deputy Thuong said that due to the rising population and chronic traffic jams in large cities such as Hanoi and HCMC, the development of metro lines is a key measure to ease traffic congestion.

However, some metro projects, including Cat Linh-Ha Dong in Hanoi City and Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien and Ben Thanh-Tham Luong in HCMC, have lagged behind schedule and faced cost overruns.

Besides, the Cat Linh-Ha Dong project is still facing multiple obstacles related to the conclusion of the State Audit of Vietnam and acceptance and safety of the railway system, so Thuong proposed the Government and the NA focus on directing the relevant agencies to remove the hindrances.

Speaking on the construction of the urban railways, NA Delegate Thuong also said that it was necessary to pay attention to urban planning, traffic and connection between railway projects and urban spaces.

That urban railways offer convenience is expected to attract commuters to use them as a means of public transportation, Nguoi Lao Dong Online reported, citing Thuong.

The 13.5-kilometer Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway system runs from Cat Linh Station in downtown Dong Da District to the Yen Nghia Station southwest of Ha Dong District, with 12 elevated stations. It travels at a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour, with an average speed of 35 kilometers per hour.

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