Vendors Take over Roads under HCMC Overpasses, Block Traffic

Ho Chi Minh City residents are annoyed by illegal vendors that have mushroomed under several overpasses, blocking traffic and hassling pedestrians.

Food sellers have tables and chairs on the street at the Ga crossroads in District 12
Many motorbike-taxi drivers park their motorbikes on the pavement at the corner between Xuyen A (Trans- Asia )Road and Highway 1A under the An Suong overpass in Thu Duc District. Many vendors gather here, converting the street into an impromptu flea market. The biggest casualty of all this is the traffic which cannot flow freely.
Street vendors occupy a full one-third of several streets in District 12 and the outlying Cu Chi District.
Nguyen Truong Giang, a resident of Cu Chi Suburban District, says: “People who ride on these streets are always troubled by these vendors who stand on the road and solicit the riders.”
At the Ga crossroads in District 12, food sellers even have tables and chairs on the street to serve customers traveling by bus from and to the delta and central regions.
A vendor at the bus stop on Xuyen A Street admits: “The police always clear the streets, but after they’re gone, the vendors return and open their shop again.” 
Several other overpasses, including Go Dua in Thu Duc District, Song Than in Binh Duong Province, and Linh Trung in Thu Duc District, face the same problems.

By Quang Dat – Translated by Truong Son

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