HCMC – The Ministry of Transport has thrown its weight behind Dong Nai’s proposal to develop the Thu Thiem-Long Thanh light railway project linking HCMC and Dong Nai Province and put it into operation prior to 2030.
The Thu Thiem-Long Thanh light railway project is considered one of the key projects to enhance connectivity with the Long Thanh international airport, which is under construction, said the ministry.
The capital has been allocated so that preparation for the project can start this year, according to the ministry.
The project is part of the national railway system development plan in the 2021-2030 period with a vision to 2050 approved by the prime minister.
The 38-kilometer rail link has been added to a list of national projects to call for foreign investment in the 2021-2025 period, according to the prime minister’s decision issued on November 1, 2021.
The Dong Nai government had earlier proposed the prime minister consider entrusting the province as an authorized agency to implement the light rail project, the local media reported.
Despite throwing its support behind the proposal, the ministry asked the province to reach a consensus on the investment with the HCMC government to report it to the prime minister as the rail link will run through HCMC.