A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a loan for Ho Chi Minh City’s metro line 2 worth US$500 million was signed on May 18 between the municipal People’s Committee and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). HCM City: US$2.07 billion metro project to get going this Sept. The metro’s second line is 20km long, connecting Thu Thiem new urban area in District 2 and An Suong Bus Station in District 12. The $1.4 billion project uses assistance from the ADB, European Investment Bank and German Development Bank. The line, of which construction already started in 2010, is expected to go operational in 2016. Besides, the HCM City People’s Committee has urged authorities at the district level to speed up land acquisition so that construction of the metro line 1 can start next September. An EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract to build the overhead section of the metro’s first route linking Ben Thanh Market with Suoi Tien Tourism Park in District 9 was signed on May 16. Under the contract, signed with the HCM City Management Authority for Urban Railway, a consortium of Japan ’s Sumitomo Corporation and Vietnam’s Civil Engineering Construction Corp No. 6 (Cienco 6) will design, survey, execute, supply equipment, test, operate, offer utility services, and maintain stations. The overhead section, from Ba Son Ship Yard in District 1, running through Van Thanh and Tan Cang in Binh Thanh district and the Hanoi Highway, to Suoi Tien Park , will be 17.1 km long and have 11 stations….