Four more trains for Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro project in HCM City are expected to be imported into the city from Japan between May and July this year.
According to Huynh Hong Thanh, deputy head of the Management Authority for Urban Railways of HCM City, two would arrive in HCM City in May, while the remainder would be brought to the city in July.
The trains have been scheduled for the trial run by the end of this year on the elevated section from Binh Thai Junction to Long Binh Deport.
The first train of Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line arrived in HCM City in October last year
Thanh added that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the import of the project’s equipment and machines from countries such as Germany, Spain, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan was slowed. The pandemic has also affected the entry of foreign experts. Because of Covid-19, some bidding packages of the project were 4-8 months behind schedule. At present, around 83.63% of the project has been finished. Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien, the first metro line in HCM City, has 17 trains. The first was transported to HCM City from Japan in October last year. Each train comprises three carriages measuring 61.5 metres long allowing a maximum speed of 110 kilometres per hour. It can transport 930 passengers. The 20-km Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line which had an initial investment of VND17.38 trillion consists of 14 stations along 19.7 kilometres, including a 2.6-kilometre underground section and 17.1 kilometres of elevated tracks.