A train of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The test run of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project, the first of its kind in Hanoi, has been delayed until September 2, 2018, after it missed a scheduled test in October.

The Railway Project Management Unit proposed the Ministry of Transport ask for Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s approval for the rescheduling. The rescheduling means the project will be 11 months delayed from the plan that was adjusted in February 2017.

The railway will operate on a trial basis for three to six months, starting from September 2, 2018, and be put into use in November 2018.

This project has been rescheduled three times so far. 

In early 2016, the Transport Ministry asked the China Railway Sixth Group Co. Ltd, the engineering – procurement – construction contractor of the project, to test the railway in September 2016 and launch it by December 31, 2016. As the project lagged behind schedule as of June 2016, the ministry ordered the construction be finished by December 31, 2016.

However, this target was missed, forcing the Transport Ministry to postpone the test run until October 2017 so as to put the railway into operation in the late first quarter or early second quarter of 2018. The project failed to meet this deadline once again.

The sluggish progress is attributable to various reasons, including slow capital disbursement and the contractor’s limited capacity.-VNA