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Subway blocked by buildings in its path

Update: October, 02/2015 - 09:38
HCM City's metro route No.5 is in a spot of bother after city planning officials reportedly provided incorrect information to authorities in Phu Nhuan District, who have licensed a few buildings in its path. — Photo vnexpress.net

HCM CITY (VNS)  — HCM City's metro route No.5 is in a spot of bother after city planning officials reportedly provided incorrect information to authorities in Phu Nhuan District, who have licensed a few buildings in its path.

The line links Sai Gon Bridge with Bay Hien Intersection in Tan Binh District.

According to the city government, the incorrect information meant Phu Nhuan authorities issued licenses for a construction at 214 Phan Dang Luu and some others in the neighbourhood.

At a recent meeting in the city, Nguyen Huu Tin, vice chairman of the city People's Committee, ordered the Management Authourity for Urban Railways in HCM City and the Departments of Planning and Architecture and Transport to find out their culpability in this issue.

He also instructed relevant agencies to determine changes to the route, though limiting construction in residential areas to avoid the need for land acquisition which could slow down progress.

The route stretches 24km and is expected to cost US$2.6 billion. Its 8.9km first phase links Sai Gon Bridge and Bay Hien Intersection in Tan Binh District. It will later be extended to Can Giuoc Bus Station in Binh Chanh District. — VNS

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