Next to HCMC's Ben Thanh market, metro station takes shape

By Huu Khoa   March 31, 2021 | 02:45 pm GMT+7
Ben Thanh underground station on HCMC's first metro route is being built just next to the iconic namesake market.
Going 32 meters deep to have four floors, the Ben Thanh underground station stretches 236 meters long and 60 meter wide to function as the most important one in three underground stations of the city’s metro line No.1, which will run 19.7 km from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to Suoi Tien theme park in District 9. Ben Thanh station will also work as a transport hub to link the line No.1 with the line No.2, No.3 and No.4 in the future.

The four-story station, which will go 32 meters below ground and be 236 meters long, will be the most important of the three underground stations in metro line No.1, which will run 19.7 km from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to Suoi Tien theme park in District 9. It will also serve as a transfer station linking with line No.2, 3 and 4 in future.

Highlight on the first floor that is connected directly to the ground is the circular space in the center of the station. As designed, this floor will comprises of a concourse, ticket vending machine, automatic toll gate, information guide room for passengers, station office, equipment room, and the air handling room

The first floor will include a concourse, ticket vending machine, automatic toll gate, a help desk, and the station office.

The circle has a diameter of 15 meter and rises six meters high as measured from the floor of the first floor to the ground.

The highlight here is a circular opening 15 meters in diameter and rising six meters to the surface.

The entire circle will be covered with transparent glass to shield the underground station from rain and let the sunlight in.

The circular area will be covered with glass to shield the station from rain but let sunlight in.

The station has six entries, including one at the September 23rd Park, one near Quach Thi Trang Roundabout in front of the Ben Thanh Market, and one on Phan Chu Trinh Street that stands just next to the market. Built in 2016, the project has now been 83 percent complete, and the metro line no.1’s investor, the HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR), said the entire station will be finished within April.

The station has six entrances, including one at the September 23rd Park in front of Ben Thanh Market and Phan Chu Trinh Street next to the market. The HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR) said the work would be finished by April.

The pillars at the station’s first floor. This floor area will have a shopping mall of around 45,000 square meters.

The first floor will have a shopping area of around 45,000 square meters.

A worker on the first floor. Around 1,000 workers are now deployed to complete the Ben Thanh underground station. In wake of Covid-19, all must wear mask and have their temperature checked three times per day.

A worker on the first floor. Around 1,000 people are now working to complete the station, all wearing masks and having their temperature checked three times a day to safeguard against Covid-19.

Workers at the second floor. This floor will have a platform where the train picks up and drops off passengers, control office, and the fire protection and fighting equipment room.

Workers on the floor below. This floor will have the platforms for trains, control office, and the fire safety equipment room.

The third floor is taking shape to include air handling room, power supply room, and staff lounge.

The third floor will have the air circulation and power supply equipment rooms and staff lounge.

Workers at the fourth floor, which also comprises a platform.

Workers in the fourth and lowest floor, which also has a platform.

An overview of the Ben Thanh station. Built at a cost of VND43.7 trillion ($1.89 billion), it will include 14 stations, three underground and 11 on the surface, some elevated. In February, completion date of the entire line, which is now 83 percent completed, has been pushed back to 2022 instead of within this year.

An aerial view of the Ben Thanh station.
Being built at a cost of VND43.7 trillion ($1.89 billion), the line will include 14 stations, three underground and 11 on the surface, some elevated. In February completion of the line, which is now 83 percent complete, was pushed back to 2022 from the original deadline of end of this year.

 
 
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