Updated plans have been unveiled for the an underground commercial center that will be built under the Ben Thanh square area and will continue more than 500 meters to Le Loi street where the Ho Chi Minh City theatre and international hotels are located.
The underground commercial center will be more than 45,000 square meters in size and will include 21,000 square meters of corridors and an underground plaza as well as another 18,000 square meters of large-scale commercial space. The costs for the underground complex, including commercial space and metro train areas are estimated at $290 million USD.
Once completed, the Ben Thanh underground metro station and the underground business and shopping complex are expected to serve more than 100,000 passengers and customers per day.
|An artists drawing of the Ben Thanh underground business and metro complex|
Ho Chi Minh City officials are currently waiting for the national government to approve the city’s plans to “officially” increase the capital need to complete the city’s first metro line. The metro line was originally due to be completed in 2018 but with construction only 65% complete, 2022 is now the date the city says the metro will begin operations.
Metro line # 1, officially named the Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien will be 19.7 kilometers and length and will consist of 14 stations. The line’s route includes a 2.6km underground section and 17.1km of elevated sections. This line will see the central districts of HCMC linked directly with the eastern parts of the city including District 2, District 9 and the Thu Duc District.