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A ground-breaking ceWork starts on Vietnam’s first metro routeremony was held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 28 to kick-start metro line No1 linking Ben Thanh market and Suoi Tien amusement park.

The route has a total length of nearly 20km, with 2.6km running underground and 17.1 km overground.

The project has a total investment capitalisation of nearly US$2.4 billion sourced from Japan’s official development assistance (ODA).

It is expected to be completed in 2017 and put into operation in the following year. It is designed to carry 162,000 passengers a day in 2018, and raise the number to 630,000 in 2030 and 800,000 in 2040.

HCM City Mayor Le Hoang Quan said at the ceremony that the project is a milestone in modernising the public transport system in the city.

The success of the project will motivate the city to undertake the following metro line projects, helping spur local economy and improve the living conditions of people in HCM City and neighbouring provinces, he said.

Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang proposed that HCM City work with neighbouring localities, including Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, to develop transport projects that connect with the No1 metro line to make it operate more efficiently.

(by VOV)

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