The Minister of Communications and Transport pledged in December that Vietnam’s first high-altitude railway will officially trade.
In the afternoon of May 12th, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The and his delegation went to inspect the entire railway of Cat Linh – Ha Dong.
The delegation departed from Ha Dong Depot and moved along the inspection line of Thuong Dinh and Cat Linh terminals by using specialized technical test run.
After the survey, Nguyen Van The, said that the railway over Hanoi Highway Cat Linh-Ha Dong meet the technical requirements. Evidence is that through the test, the boat runs quite smoothly: “However, the boat makes noise but not as big as national railway” – he said.
On the progress, the head of MOT confirmed firmly in October will operate technically, December commercial operation. In particular, the technical operation phase will monitor and complete the remaining steps, so that when entering the commercial exploitation of all items must be completed 100%.
Mr. Nguyen Van The also knows more than a year, the project also has many legal procedures. By now, the Ministry has disbursed more than $ 7 million out of a total of $ 258 million. To solve the problem for the contractor, to accelerate the payment, because the volume is very large.
“The Ministry requests the project management board and the general contractor to scrutinize and complete the dossiers and procedures for payment in the spirit of immediately paying for the items already accepted and paying 80% of the value of the items Completed installation of equipment, commissioning. If an agency enters, the department will assist the investor to accelerate the procedures. Even if required, the ministry will report to the Government to facilitate disbursement on schedule, “said Nguyen Van The.
Regarding difficulties in connecting the whole system, the head of MOT said that it would work with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Hanoi and electricity to complete the electrical connection for the route operation soon.
Vu Hong Phuong, deputy director of the railway project management board, said that in April and early May 2018 construction progress was positive, the general contractor has strengthened the deployment of more Work on the whole line at the same time, but at the same time for many items of work, but all the remaining work items have been delayed compared to the schedule.
Currently the project is focusing on finishing the last 5% volume. The project is in the stage of installation equipment, elevator, escalator combined with complete construction of basic. In order to ensure the full power of the project in May -2018, the PMU has requested the general contractor to concentrate the manpower resources and make detailed plans for the construction of the remaining items in a scientific manner. At the same time, to increase the construction of three consecutive shifts, focusing on items that may directly affect the progress of electricity delivery to be completed in advance, to ensure the committed schedule.
The Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project has 13 trains, built by Beijing Subway Equipment Co. Ltd. (China).
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Each train has four wagons with a total length of 79 m, in which the carriage is 20 m long, the carriage is 19.5 m long. The maximum design speed of the train is 80 km / h, the average operating speed is 35 km / h, with a capacity of 960 people and a maximum of 1,326 persons. It is expected that when going into operation, at the beginning of the train frequency of 5-6 minutes / trip, after 2-3 minutes / trip, each hour to transport up to 28,500 passengers each direction.
The project has total investment of nearly US $ 553 million in 2008, with a total investment of more than US $ 868 million (an increase of US $ 315 million) by 2016. Of which, the Chinese loan is $669 million, the reciprocal capital of Vietnam is $198 million.
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