City sees little achievements in urban civilization efforts

To extend urban beautification initiative, the Ho Chi Minh City authority has banned street vendor and parking encroaching the pavements, yet, the city has seen just a few achievements in its urban civilization efforts.

Peddlers with the pushcarts in Nguyen Chi Thanh Street in front of Cho Ray Hospital in District 5 (Photo: SGGP)

Many peddlers have still set up their pushcarts on roadbeds in April 30 Park  in the city’s downtown, in crowded streets such as  Nguyen Chi Thanh in front of Cho Ray Hospital in District 5; Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Tao Dan park in District 1; Nguyen Trai Street; Vo Van Tan; Pham Ngu Lao, Le Lai, Le Hong Phong ; Nguyen Dinh Chieu; Truong Chinh.

HCMC vendors who illegally take up space on public pavement are undeterred by low fines.

Local authorities noticed that 100 samples roads  have ensured not to let rampant street vendors and parking to encroach pavements; however, some of them did not conduct well.

As per commitment, local administrators have to zone areas for motorbike and automobile parking, and complete plans of using pavements, installing public toilets, garbage-collection zones and areas for selling newspapers and magazines and souvenirs, and for selling goods at night.

Yet the city has seen just a few achievements in its urban civilization efforts; accordingly, in a meeting with local district authorities, Deputy Chairman of People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Tin criticized them not to be determined in curbing the rampant street vendors and parking encroaching pavements.

District administrators said that most peddlers are immigrants who are not living in permanent address and very poor; so it is hard to impose fines on them.

By Quoc Hung - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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