PM orders sanctions against violations in Hanoi's urban railway project
A train takes a test run on a section of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban rail line. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered the Ministry of Transport to impose strict sanctions on those responsible for irregularities found in the project. (Photo: TNO)

The prime minister’s directive was cited by the Government Office in its recent announcement of his conclusions at a regular meeting on the execution of urgent traffic infrastructure projects, the local media reported.

PM Phuc also told the ministry to work with the relevant agencies to consider putting Hanoi City's first urban rail line into operation once the review of its safety is complete.

Also, the ministry was assigned to review ongoing urban railway projects in Hanoi City and HCMC and propose solutions to ensure good route connectivity, technology application and toll collection, easing the daily routines of commuters.

According to the Government’s recent report to the National Assembly on the Hanoi railway project, the Ministry of Transport said that the main contractor, China Railway Sixth Group Co., Ltd, had proposed December 31 as the handover date for the Cat Linh-Ha Dong line.

However, due to bottlenecks that have not been resolved, it is difficult to fulfill this goal, the ministry reported.

The ministry pointed out that the construction of the 13.05-kilometer-long Cat Linh-Ha Dong line, which has 12 elevated stations, is basically complete. Thirteen trains with four carriages each have been purchased. More than 650 employees have been trained to operate the line.

Source: Saigontimes