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Over 1,100 rubber cushions at HCMC’s first metro line under inspection
The Saigon Times
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Over 1,100 rubber cushions at HCMC’s first metro line under inspection

The Saigon Times

A worker takes pictures of a concrete part of HCMC’s first metro line that suffers cracks after a rubber cushion used for a girder of a viaduct falls down. MAUR, the investor of the city’s first metro line project, has asked the contractor to review and check a total of 1,138 rubber cushions belonging to package CP2 – PHOTO: TNO

HCMC – The Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR) of HCMC, the investor of the city’s first metro line project, has asked the contractor to review and check a total of 1,138 rubber cushions belonging to package CP2 following the deviation of four more cushions a few days ago.

MAUR has also written to the HCMC government reporting the deviation of the rubber cushions at package CP2 of the city’s first metro line, which connects Ben Thanh Market in downtown HCMC and Suoi Tien Theme Park.

MAUR said that many rubber cushions have deviated from their positions, while others might follow suit, so ascertaining the cause was necessary to minimize the impact on the elevated sections, according to the report.

However, until date, Sumitomo - Cienco 6, the engineering, procurement and construction contractor of package CP2, has been tardy in meeting requirements from the authority and other relevant agencies and in seeking opinions from experts.

To speed up the process of addressing the problems and ensuring the quality of the project, MAUR asked the contractor to report its work in detail, check all rubber cushions at package CP2 and assess their stability and quality, Thanh Nien Online reported.

An expert said that the deviation could be handled if just a few cushions were displaced. However, if the entire system faces a deviation of rubber cushions, all the 1,138 rubber cushions will have to be fixed, delaying the metro line project.

The expert blamed the contractor, the project management board, consulting units and inspection teams for the problem. It is important to promptly clarify the reason for the deviation and determine whether the entire system sees rubber cushions deviate in droves, the expert added.

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