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Sumitomo asked to clarify reason for fallen rubber cushion at metro line project

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HCMC – The consulting unit of HCMC’s first metro line, NJPT, has written to the head office of Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation asking it for a clarification after a rubber cushion at a viaduct part of the metro line fell down.

Sumitomo is the lead partner of the consortium grouping Cienco 6 and Sumitomo Corporation, which is the contractor of the elevated section and depots of the first metro line, connecting Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and Suoi Tien Theme Park in District 9.

NJPT said that five weeks have passed since the incident occurred, but the reason for the incident has yet to be given, Tuoi Tre Online reported.

The consortium is slowly responding to the incident, said the municipal Urban Railway Management Board and NJPT.

Until now, NJPT has yet to see the corporation handle the problem and work to ensure the quality of construction following such a hazardous accident, which is expected to affect the safe operation of the trains and the entire system.

NJPT proposed the head office of Sumitomo Corporation form a team to travel to HCMC, investigate the incident and present some solutions.

On October 30, during the inspection at the construction site of the first metro line project, the investor discovered that a rubber cushion used for a girder of a viaduct which was constructed in 2016 had fallen down. The incident damaged some rails and broke a concrete part of the rails.

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