HA NOI (VNS)— Construction of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated urban railway project is behind schedule due to land clearance difficulties, said a project official.
The project is scheduled for completion late next year and open for trains in 2015.
However, director of the project management board Tran Van Luc said at a press briefing on Tuesday that the project could not be completed as difficulties remained in land clearance, particularly in Ha Dong, Dong Da and Thanh Xuan Districts.
Site clearance had only been completed on 9.2km out of 13.5km of the project, he said. Work was not expected to be completed by the end of this year, he added.
Luc said construction of the project's depot would be two months behind schedule.
Deputy Chairman of Ha Dong District's People's Committee Nguyen Truong Son admitted that the most difficulty in site clearance for the project was moving a cemetery in Van Noi commune.
The project management board expected to complete land clearance task and 50 per cent of the project's key structure this year.
The municipal People's Committee has required relevant agencies to actively work to ensure site clearance for the project as scheduled.
The 13-km railway, stretching from Cat Linh Street to Yen Nghia bus station in Ha Dong District, will have 12 stations.
Trains will run at a maximum speed of 80km/hour, taking about 24 minutes to complete a trip from Cat Linh to Ha Dong.
The railway is being funded by foreign sponsors and the Government at a total cost of VND8.8 trillion (US$419 million). —VNS