VGP – The Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee has recently submitted a report on research, overall ground, and construction plan of the C9 urban railway station (Hoan Kiem Lake station) under the Nam Thang Long-Tran Hung Dao metro project (Metro line No.2).
The People’s Committee reported that so far items of the Metro line No.2 have been approved. However, there are some disagreements on the location of C9.
The Ha Noi People's Committee approved a plan to build underground metro station C9 under Dinh Tien Hoang street and a part of the city’s flower garden, 10 meters from Hoan Kiem Lake.
In the plan submitted to the Government, the C9 station will be built on the widest ground of Hoan Kiem Lake’s bank under the flower garden on Dinh Tien Hoang street with four entrances and exits, three floors, including a concourse, a technical area and a platform level.
The exits/entrances will replace the current public toilets, helping to improve the lake’s surroundings.
Thus, the planned underground station C9 could ensure as well as promote the value of the Hoan Kiem Lake’s historical heritage and cultural space.
Earlier, the plan was rejected once because of concerns raised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism regarding the possible infringement of protected area of Hoan Kiem Lake relics regulated in the Law on Cultural Heritage.
The research and consultancy agency has given scientific evidence, assuring that the station’s construction and operation will not cause subsidence or other impacts.
Auxiliary systems and exits/entrances will be constructed in the area belonging to the premises of Vietnam Electricity on Dinh Tien Hoang street to avoid land clearance, which often is the main cause of delay of any major construction in Viet Nam.
The plan is thought to be the most effective as it does not require land clearance, reducing the risk of further delay and minimize construction expenses.
Located near the Old Quarter, the C9 underground station is expected to ease traffic congestion in Ha Noi’s downtown.
On the basis of objective and scientific evaluation, the Ha Noi People's Committee affirms that the proposed location of the C9 urban railway station is optimal./.
By Khanh Phuong