HCMC traffic infrastructure only 35% complete: President

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“This number is too low for Ho Chi Minh City’s infrastructure development needs. If there is no search for appropriate mechanisms and models, the city’s traffic network would face many challenges,” Phan Van Mai, chairman of the People’s Committee of HCMC, told a conference. conference.

HCMC’s traffic system includes both land, sea and air routes. The city’s traffic infrastructure planning was approved nearly a decade ago, but the plans are being rolled out too slowly, Mai said.

For example, HCMC was supposed to have one to two elevated roads and two to three subway lines by 2020 to meet travel demand. And yet, the city has no elevated roads, its first subway line (Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien) has been repeatedly delayed, and the second subway line (Ben Thanh-Tham Luong) hasn’t even started. building.

There should also be six highways connecting HCMC to other localities, covering a total of 350 kilometers, yet there are only two highways: HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay and HCMC-Trung Luong-My Thuan . A third, Ben Luc-Long Thanh, is still under construction.

HCMC only has more than 4,700 kilometers of roads, with a density of 2.26 km per square kilometer, only one-fifth of what it is supposed to be, he added.

Mai said lack of funding is the main reason traffic infrastructure in the city has not reached the required level, with lack of related mechanisms and groundbreaking designs being another factor.

“We need to think about traffic-saving mechanisms, not just traffic projects. As each project requires a large amount of funds, relying on domestic capital alone would not be enough,” Mai said.

Le Anh Tuan, deputy transport minister, said HCMC should study better policies for the development of the transport network. The city should focus on sustainable construction when it comes to developing circulation networks, which must be part of the urban landscape in order to avoid a situation where “real estate comes first, infrastructure comes second” .

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