Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

By Pham Chieu, Vo Hai   October 3, 2021 | 03:08 pm GMT+7
Though the Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station project is 74 percent complete, construction has been delayed and would not make the operation deadline by the end of 2022.
Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

Nhon Depot in Tay Tuu Ward of Bac Tu Liem District remains incomplete.

The Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station project, spanning 12.5 kilometers through Bac Tu Liem, Nam Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hoan Kiem districts, began construction in 2010.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

The last train among 10 ordered for the project arrived at Hai Phong Port 10 days ago. The first train arrived back in October last year.

The 10 trains were produced by French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom. Once the project enters operation, eight trains would be operational, one would be reserved for peak hours and the other reserved for rescue purposes and emergencies.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

A train is parked at the S1 Station along National Highway 32. The station is the beginning of a trial railway for the project.

Construction of S1 Station is now basically complete, and was chosen as a site for people to inspect the trains in January.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

A train passes through the Xuan Thuy-Mai Dich intersection during a trial run in July. Each train is capable of carrying up to 1,124 people, with a designed maximum speed of 80 kph.

By August, the project was 74 percent complete, according to Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB).

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

A staircase leading up to S6 Station on Xuan Thuy Street is still under construction.

Hanoi aims to put the project's elevated portion, spanning 8.5 kilometers from Nhon Depot to S8 Station, into operation by the end of this year. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the deadline might not be feasible, the MRB said.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

A gate leading into a construction site for the transition between the project's elevated and underground portions near Thu Le Park is locked.

The underground portion, spanning four kilometers, is expected to enter operation by the end of 2022. But since July, Hyundai-Ghella, a South Korean-Italian joint venture which is the project's main contractor, has suspended progress on the underground portion due to relocation compensation issues.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

The construction site opposite Thu Le Park.

For construction to continue on the underground tunnel and stations, authorities and entities relevant to the project have tried to discuss and resolve existing issues.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

An overview of the operation center for the S11 and S12 stations. The project's underground portion, spanning four kilometers, has four stations from S9 to S12. The stations have not finished construction.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

At the construction site for S11 Station, around seven homes would need to be demolished and 40 families relocated. Relocation progress however is slow, leading to the suspension of construction of the underground section.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

House No. 23 on Quoc Tu Giam Street has yet to reach an agreement in order to be relocated and is among the reasons why construction of S11 Station is being delayed, according to the MRB. The first floor is the headquarters of the police department of Van Chuong Ward, while the floors above belong to families.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

Progress on S12 Station also had to be suspended due to delays regarding S11 Station.

Hanoi's second metro line yet to see daylight after decade

The project's elevated portion spans 8.5 kilometers and was expected to enter operation at the end of this year, but the deadline would be missed. After over a decade in the making, there is still no promise for when the project would be completed.

 
 
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