The HCM City government has allowed the Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR) to hire a domestic firm as bidding consultant for the design and inspection package of the second metro line inthe city.
MAUR deputy head Nguyen Van Quoc said hiring a local enterprise would help reduce costs after the city had to revise capital for the first metro route. Selection of the consultant will be completed within this year and the city would begin the package in early 201l.
Construction of the metro line, starting from the planned Ben Thanh Terminal in District 1 and ending in Tham Luong Depot in District 12, began in August at a total cost of 23.6 trillion dong. It was funded by official development assistance (ODA) loans of the Asian Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and German development bank KfW, as well as the government budget.
The 11.3 kilometre first phase will include a one-kilometre feeder line leading to the Tham Luong Depot, 9.3 kilometres of underground track and almost one kilometre of elevated track. The project will be implemented from 2011 to 2015.