HCMC seeks funds for improving traffic infrastructure

One of the reasons of city's traffic infrastructure projects is lack of funds, therefore, the city is seeking funds for improving traffic infrastructure, said Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport Bui Xuan Cuong said at the meeting presided by Chairman of People’s Committee and Transport Minister Nguyen Van The on August 3.

Ring roads No.3 links  HCMC,  Binh Duong Province and Long An Province (Photo: SGGP)

Ring roads No.3 links HCMC, Binh Duong Province and Long An Province (Photo: SGGP)

The Ministry is seeking funds for expressways connecting HCMC and provinces in the major economic zones such as HCMC- Moc Bai of the southern province of Tay Ninh; HCMC - Chon Thanh in BInh Phuoc province as well as build traffic intersection Tan Tao – Cho Dem in Binh Chanh District.
Moreover, the Ministry will improve Binh Trieu – Hoa Hung railway and build a small railway from Thu Thiem to Long Thanh Airport; ports along rivers Dong Nai, Sai Gon and Vam Co to remove ports in inner city helping to develop the southern economic zone.
Director Cuong petitioned the Ministry to urge the Airports Corporation of Vietnam to build a special lane for buses in Tan Son Nhat premises and the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam to adjust the landing and takeoff time in peak season.
Also, the Ministry should work with the Ministry of Public Security to work out the plan of inter-department inspection on overloading vehicles.
The Ministry should consider to allow HCMC authority to control river traffic in the city in order to improve management, Director Cuong suggested
Additionally, the Ring Belt No.3 should be built as per the city’s mechanism and the Ring Belt No.4 through Ben Luc – Hiep Phuoc should be completed soon.
The Ministry was urged to approve the railway project between HCMC- Can Tho City in the Mekong delta. Implementation of the National Highway 1A, 1K, 13, 22, 50 is waiting for the Ministry’s support
The city urged the Ministry to finish formalities to include An Phu Traffic Projects into the HCMC-Long Thanh – Dau Giay projects and submit to the Prime Minister.
Chairman Phong said that there has been good cooperation between the Ministry and HCMC in improving traffic infrastructure for past year. Notwithstanding, limited budget for traffic infrastructure impeded the plan.
He proposed the People’ Council to approve an amount from state budget and other sources for building roads through HCMC so as to speed up expansion of ring belts.
The city authorities requested competent agencies to work with the Ministry to quickly expand Tan Son Nhat Aiport, said Mr. Phong. He stressed that HCMC- Can Tho railway project must be run soon to connect the city and the Mekong delta.
Minister Nguyen Van The said that these projects will be completed soon. In the comming time, Tan Son Nhat Airport must be upgraded to meet demands and furthermore, ring roads must link each other to help reduce traffic.
North-South express railway project and HCMC-Can Tho City railway project must be carried out to ensure the synchronous connection of roads between the city and other provinces, he said.
Also, Long Thanh Airport work must be carried out with traffic infrastructure of roads, railway and other types of transport between HCMC and other provinces.
Detailed plan is needed for construction of ring roads No. 3 and 4, said Minister The. He emphasized traffic plan must be considered carefully or there will be worse traffic snarls in the next time especially in the National Highway 22 and 50.

By QUOC HUNG – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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