|A train during a trial run. - VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI – Hà Nội’s delayed Cát Linh-Hà Đông urban railway project again missed the target for beginning commercial operation as planned on December 2018, before the Tết (Lunar New Year) festival.
Vũ Hồng Trường, chairman of the Hà Nội Railway One Member Limited Company, told Lao Động (Labour) newspaper that the work of checking and completing the project had still not been finished.
Relevant units were still working on parts of the project. The date for commercial operation has not yet been decided, he said.
The 13km-long railway line, running from Cát Linh in Ba Đình District to the suburban district of Hà Đông, cost approximately US$868 million, of which two-thirds were loans from China. Construction officially began in 2011 and was initially planned to be completed in 2014, until several delays dragged the project to a yet unknown date of completion.
, the railway operation was delayed due to some problems regarding the completion of the documents for inspection of items as well as the whole project. These problems are caused by different regulations between the two countries.