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Vietnam starts construction of first metro

HANOI, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — The construction of the first metro route in Vietnam kicked off in southern Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday.

The project will cost over 4.73 trillion Vietnamese dong (226 million U.S. dollars) with Japan‘s official development assistance and the city’s fund.

Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony, Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that the project is of great political and socio-economic significance, marking a milestone in modernizing the city’s public transport system.

The 19.7 km metro line includes 14 stations, with three of them underground.

The route will be able to handle 186,000 passengers daily after it is expected to complete in 2017.

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