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VND110 billion sought for HCMC metro line’s trial run

By Truc Dao

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HCMC – HCMC Urban Railways No.1 Company Limited (HURC1) has proposed allocating nearly VND110 billion from the city’s budget to fund two months of trial run on the first urban railway of HCMC, in preparation for its commercial operation.

The company, which is responsible for operating Metro Line No. 1, has written to the Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR) of HCMC making the cost proposal for test operating the rail line which connects Ben Thanh Market and Suoi Tien Theme Park.

The estimated cost for the test run includes VND71 billion for electricity, VND12.5 billion for employee wages, VND10.7 billion for operational services, and VND8.1 billion for fire prevention.

HURC1 proposed that funds be allocated from HCMC’s budget to the investor, MAUR, who would then assign HURC1 to conduct the test run. If the funds are not provided promptly, the company would utilize its own capital for the test operations and later seek reimbursement.

With a total investment cost of VND43.7 trillion, Metro Line No.1, aka Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien urban railway, is now 97% complete. It is currently in the phase of testing safety systems, fire prevention and firefighting  review, and personnel training for operation.

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