The Government of Vietnam has announced plans to invest an additional VND911 billion (USD38.6 million) in the Cat Linh–Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi, amending its medium-term public investment plan for the 2021-2025 period. The capital disbursed covers the part of the project that has already been implemented. Of the amount, over VND223 billion (USD9.4 million) will be funded domestically while VND687.9 billion (USD29.2 million) will be provided through foreign loans.
Additionally, the implementation time of the project has been extended to November 2023 as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor has to perform the remaining tasks as per the terms of the contract. These include the procurement of spare parts and supplies, providing equipment for the depot and assessing the system for signal items.
The 13.05-km-long Cat Linh–Ha Dong metro started commercial operation in November 2021. During its first year of operation, the urban transit line recorded annual ridership of about 7.2 million passengers, accounting for 15 per cent of its capacity.