|Nguyen Hong Truong, Deputy Minister of Transport, on Wednesday set the deadline for the official commissioning of the Cat Linh – Ha Dong Elevated Train in late 2016. — Photo laodongthudo.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Nguyen Hong Truong, Deputy Minister of Transport, on Wednesday set the deadline for the official commissioning of the Cat Linh – Ha Dong Elevated Train in late 2016.
The China Railway Sixth Group is the project's main contractor – the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction).
According to Le Kim Thanh, general director of the Railway Project Management Unit, some 66 per cent of the project has been completed. However, Cat Linh station and the Depot, the project's two main components, are expected to be completed in June, 2016.
Reasoning why the project is behind schedule, Yu Jiang, director of the Chinese EPC shifted the blame on sub-contractors' failure to mobilise human resources to undertake the work in the La Thanh and Thai Ha stations.
He said "the construction of the La Thanh station requires between 60 to 80 workers, but at present only 35 workers are working. Or in the case of Thai Ha station, it needs 50 workers, but only 30 people are working."
Relating to the delay in the exhibition of the model train, Le KimThanh, the project director general said the model train is now already in Hai Phong port and waiting for customs clearance. It is projected that the model train will be displayed at the Giang Vo exhibition center in late October, 2015, instead of October 20 as it was previously planned.
Thanh attributed the exhibition delay of the model train to the cumbersomeness of the customs procedures involved in the temporarily import of the model train. Furthermore, he added, the model train had not been written in the official project document at the beginning.
To meet the project deadline as stated by Deputy Minister Nguyen Hong Truong, the Chinese EPC director asked all the sub-contractors to work 24 hours a day. He promised to step up regular on site checks to help solve any problems arising from the sub-contractors.
According to schedule, nine stations will be completed in the first quarter of 2016. The remaining three stations of Cat Linh, Vanh dai 3 (the third ring road) and Van Khe will be completed in June, 2016. But the La Khe station model must be ready before December 2015 for people to visit and give their feedback.
"On September 30, 2016 the maiden trip of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated train will be launched and by late 2016, the train will officially be put into operation" Truong said. — VNS