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Work on components of HCMC’s second metro line to start in Q2

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The site handover of HCMC’s second metro line project, linking Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and Tham Luong Depot in District 12, has reached 83% completion, so the investor is planning to start work on some components of the project in the second quarter of 2022.

The city’s second metro line is set to pass through Districts 1, 3, 10, 12, Tan Binh and Tan Phu, requiring total space of over 251,000 square meters. Construction of the line is expected to affect 603 households.

The Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR) of HCMC, the investor of the line project, said that the procedures of compensation and resettlement have been completed. Over 460 households have handed over their land for the construction of the line.

Among 339 affected households in Tan Binh District, 307 have handed over their land.

Also, 29 affected households in District 1 have completed the handover, while most affected households in District 10 have handed over their land.

In District 3  however, 66 of 113 affected households have yet to hand over their land due to issues over compensation procedures, the local media reported.

The sites for four stations of the line project, including Ba Queo, Pham Van Bach, Tan Binh and Le Thi Rieng, have been cleared.

The investor proposed that the relevant agencies ask for guidance from the HCMC government to address obstacles over land prices in District 3 and quickly encourage affected residents to accept compensation to hand over their land.

As planned, the second metro line will be put into operation in 2026, but the project has faced delays in site clearance, the impact of Covid and capital shortages. As such, the date the line is put into service will change.

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