Ha Noi urban railway gets infusion of French funds

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 09:22

Nearly VND7.7 trillion (about US$340.7 million) of French governmental development assistance will be poured into the ongoing Nhon-Ha Noi Station Urban Railway. — cafef.vn

Nearly VND7.7 trillion (about US$340.7 million) of French governmental development assistance will be poured into the ongoing Nhon-Ha Noi Station Urban Railway.

A signing ceremony Tuesday morning celebrated the official contract between the Ha Noi Urban Railway Project Management Unit (PMU) and French contractors.

Accordingly, the money, which covers all taxes and fees, will be used to design, supply and install the railway system with an engine, depot facilities and management systems for stations, signals, communications and electricity.

Head of the Ha Noi Urban Railway PMU, Nguyen Cao Minh, said the contract would help speed up the project as well as solve the project’s critical path method, namely tunnels and stations.

Minh said that the bidding plan for Package 6, as the project is known, was carried out in accordance with existing Vietnamese laws and donor regulations.

“The bidding and evaluation were closely and orderly implemented by investors, consultancy agencies, donors and relevant agencies. The joint-name contractors were evaluated to meet requirements of investors,” he said.

According to Minh, the contractors Alstom Transport S.A-Colar Rail S.A-Thales Communications & Security S.A.S are leading French companies with experience and capacity in urban railway building. In addition, they are eligible to donors’ requirements that devices must have originated from France.

“Upon completion of Package 6, along with other packages of the project, Ha Noi will have a completely new public transport mode with advanced standards that meet travel demands along the East-West corridor from the periphery to the center of the city,” Minh said, adding that the project will improve the capacity of public passenger transport and gradually build a civilised and modern capital.

French Secretary of State for Transport Alain Vidalies—who visited Ha Noi for the ceremony—called the signing an important milestone between the two countries, especially in the transport development strategy.

Ha Noi People’s Committee Chairman, Nguyen Duc Chung, also stressed the importance of the project to the city, saying that its completion will help ease transport pressure and improve the city’s congestion.

“This project is not only important to Ha Noi but also will be a symbol of the co-operation between the two countries,” Chung said.

Chung requested the PMU and contractors to accelerate construction to complete the project on schedule, and he proposed the people’s committee of Dong Da, Ba Dinh and Hoan Kiem districts to accelerate site clearance to implement the project properly and ensure absolute safety for workers.

A representative of the contractors committed to carry out the project with quality, with specialised trains designed and manufactured to meet the expectations of people in the capital city.

The Nhon-Ha Noi Station Urban Railway is a part of the Ha Noi Pilot Light Metro Line Project. It will run 12.5km along the National Highway 32 from Nhon in Bac Tu Liem District to Ho Tung Mau-Cau Giay-Kim Ma-Nui Truc-Cat Linh-Tran Quy Cap-Ha Noi Station. The railway will include 8.5 km elevated through eight stations and 4 km underground through four stations and a depot in Nhon. It has nine main packages including five construction and installation packages and four packages on facility systems. — VNS

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