Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The has attempted to explain the slow pace of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong Urban Railway project.
Cat Linh-Ha Dong railway project was approved in 2009 with an investment of VND8.7trn. In 2016, its investment was raised to VND18trn. The project was supposed to be completed and put into operation in 2013, however, the opening date has been delayed many times.
In the report of the Ministry of Transport sent to the National Assembly on May 5, costs ballooned because of the lack of experience from local consultants and managers. Moreover, from 2009 to 2012, Vietnam saw high inflation and instability in the macro-economy.
“In the near future, the auditors and inspectors and even the police will launch an investigation into the management of the project,” The said.
According to The, when Vietnam borrowed money from China, the Chinese contractor was already assigned. This contractor had great experience in construction but lacked management and operation departments. The said they had worked with the Chinese Department of Transport and embassy many times over the problems and how to speed up the project.
The Cat Linh-Ha Dong Urban Railway Project is said to be 99% completed. The rest are small construction and how to earn a safety certificate for the operational system.
“In order to put the railway into use, we have to get detail information on all equipment and acceptance certificate, The said. “A group of 800 employees are being trained. Only when they are familiar with the work that we can put the railway into operation.”