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Land clearance problems delay elevated rail project

Update: July, 20/2012 - 10:26

 

Pillars for the Cat Linh-Ha Dong Elevated Urban Rail Line under construction. The project has been delayed due to difficulties in land clearance. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung
HA NOI — The Ha Noi elevated railway project has been delayed due to difficulties in land clearance, project management board director Tran Van Luc told a meeting of the Ha Noi Party Committee on Tuesday.

Under the plan for the project, land for the line connecting Cat Linh Street to Ha Dong District was to have been cleared by June, allowing construction to continue. The project has now requested Ha Dong District urgently complete the land clearance process by the end of next month and to relocate the cemetery in Van Noi Commune by the end of November, Luc said.

The 13-km elevated railway, stretching from Cat Linh Street to Yen Nghia bus station in Ha Dong District, will have 12 stations and run at a maximum speed of 80km/hour. As planned, a train would take about 24 minutes to complete the run from Cat Linh to Ha Dong and be able to transport 57,000 passengers per hour.

The railway is being funded by foreign sponsors and the Government at a total estimated cost of VND8.8 trillion (US$417 million).

Luc told Tuesday's meeting that construction of 42 bridge piers has been completed so far, while 31 other piers for the Hao Nam-Hoang Cau and La Khe-Ba La lines and for Beltway Road 3 were currently in progress.

Meanwhile, he urged the Ha Noi Department of Transport to speed up the grant of construction licences for the Nguyen Trai-Tran Phu-Quang Trung-National Highway 6 line and make proper traffic arrangements for the area so that construction could begin in August.

The construction of the railway line from Cat Linh Street to Ha Dong District was officially commenced in October of last year and was targeted for completion by late 2014, with trains to begin running in 2015. This year, 30 per cent of land clearance work, as well as infrastructure construction for the depot and 150 bridge piers was to have been completed. — VNS

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