CONSTRUCTION is set to commence on Ho Chi Minh City’s metro Line 2 in 2022, the city’s ministry of transport has announced as work on Line 1 nears completion.

The 11.3km Line 2 will connect Ben Thanh Market in District 1 with Tham Luong Depot in District 12 via districts 1, 3, 10, 12, Tan Binh and Tan Phu. The project includes a 2km elevated section and a 9.3km underground section, and will have 11 stations, including nine underground and one elevated, and a depot.

The project will cost Dong 47.9 trillion ($US 2.1bn), and will be funded through Official Development Assistance (ODA) funds and the city.

The line is scheduled to be completed in 2026 and will connect with the Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien Line 1, which Vietnam Plus reports is currently 88.5% complete. The line was due to open in 2018 and then in 2021, but has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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