HCMC – The Nhon-Hanoi Station metro line project in Hanoi may fail to achieve the expected progress to be put into operation at the end of this year, according to the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB).
MRB on September 16 spoke about the progress of the project and anti-Covid measures at the construction site of the project, saying Covid-triggered restrictions over the mobility of workers and experts may derail the initial scheme to operate the metro line at the end of this year, the local media reported.
Accordingly, over the past eight months, MRB and the contractors of the project have maintained work on the project despite the pandemic. The project is 74% complete, while the elevated section alone is 89.41% complete.
All workers at the construction site have complied with anti-pandemic regulations and undergone Covid-19 tests when required.
MRB has also followed the requirements of the competent agencies on Covid-19 testing, vaccination, disinfection and working out of response plans if Covid-19 cases are detected at the construction site of the project.
The pandemic has disrupted the execution of the project. The import of equipment from other countries has been delayed, in addition to difficulties in mobilizing foreign experts.
Due to travel restrictions, the mobilization of workers and transport of materials and equipment have faced multiples difficulties.
The relevant units have striven to concurrently complete packages and fight the pandemic. Nevertheless, the project may not progress as planned.
Therefore, MRB proposed facilitating the entry of foreign experts, the transport of materials and equipment to the construction site and the disbursement of public investment for the project.
The elevated section of the Nhon-Hanoi Station metro line project was earlier expected to be put into operation later this year, while work on the underground section would continue.