HCMC – The first basement of the Opera House station of HCMC’s first metro line project has essentially reached completion, stated the municipal Urban Railway Management Board on April 26.
The management board and the project’s construction unit completed the basement’s construction six days earlier than planned and 96 days earlier than initially expected.
The first basement features modern facilities including a waiting lounge, ticket machines and automated fee collection gates. From this basement, passengers can easily move to the second and fourth basements, which will function as platforms where they can get board trains.
The Metro Line No.1, which connects the landmark Ben Thanh Market in downtown HCMC and Suoi Tien Theme Park in District 9, is 72% complete and is expected to reach 85% completion by the end of this year.
Also, the project’s elevated sections have been connected and the roofing for its stations is over 90% complete.
Besides this, the joining of two underground tracks under the CP1a and CP1b packages, to be completed in February, has enabled the connection of the 19.7-kilometer-long metro line.
The next components of the project will be sped up in the coming months, including the installation of the railway and electrical systems as well as other equipment at the stations, aiming to meet 85% of the target for the project’s workload by end-2020 and put it into operation in 2021.
Earlier, the management board and construction unit on April 24 had removed a temporary barricade at a construction site stretching from Dong Khoi to Nguyen Hue streets, restoring the landscape of the downtown area.