Tardy loans slow down completion of Hanoi Sky Train

City authorities in Hanoi say a new Sky Train line scheduled for live tests this month has been delayed yet again. Contractors say sections of track and side safety fences are still not complete and the reason is there are not enough funds available to do the work.

An unnamed source at one of the companies working on the project blamed the tardiness of a promised US$250 million loan to build the elevated rail system in the North Vietnam city. The source claimed the China Railway Sixth Group was supposed to have disbursed the loan but didn’t.

As a result many of the materials suppliers plus contractors building the line have not been paid. The Hanoi Sky Train broke ground in 2011 and was supposed to have been finished two years later. 

When the Hanoi Sky Train is eventually completed it will be 13kms long and connect the districts of Dong Da and Ha Dong. 12GO ASIA notes that cyclos, taxis, Uber, buses and rented motorcycles are still the only options at present for getting around this bustling metropolis.




Highway toll collection to be cancelled on April 11-18

In connection with the coming Songkran festival, the Thai New Year, which makes a lot of people leave their homes and join their relatives living in other regions to celebrate it or going to some tourist places, the Cabinet decided last week to cancel motorway toll fees for the period from April 11 to April 18 to ease the traffic congestion.

22 March 2018

High-class Hotel in Malaysia’s Genting Highlands

The new Best Western Premier Ion Delemen located amid the jungle in the hills of Pahang state, Malaysia’s picturesque Genting Highlands, will soon welcome its first guests.

21 March 2018

A New Airport in the Philippines to Boost Tourism

The development of a new international airport which will cost US$12-billion has been proposed to the Philippine government by a consortium of Philippine investors. In addition, a commercial aerotropolis will appear. In will unite a number of cities with an airport in the centre. 

20 March 2018