HCMC party chief prompts smart traffic application

Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan urged the application of smart traffic systems as soon as possible to solve traffic jam in Cat Lai seaport in district 2 & other areas, on Tuesday.

Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan surveys the construction site of My Thuy intersection, District 2 on July 12 (Photo: SGGP)

Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan surveys the construction site of My Thuy intersection, District 2 on July 12 (Photo: SGGP)

He was speaking while surveying traffic conditions in Cat Lai seaport together with agency representatives.
Smart traffic application was necessary as the construction of works to reduce traffic jam has been costly and time consuming, said him.
He suggested the city People’s Committee to encourage the application of smart technologies and urgently apply smart solutions to improve traffic capacity in Cat Lai and many other areas in the city.
Mr. Nhan required the Department of Transport to soon check and take over smart traffic solution project in Saigon Tunnel to implement the next projects in Cat Lai seaport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport areas. The International University of HCMC National University should take the initiative in investment cost estimation and coordinate with relevant agencies to implement those projects.
Relevant sides should speed up the progress of works to reduce traffic jam and complete them on schedule. Of these, ring road no.2 should be built in 2018.
Reporting to Mr. Nhan on the construction site of My Thuy intersection flyover, a representative of the Department of Transport said that the agency had carried out many solutions to tackle traffic jam.
Specifically, the agency has worked with authorized agencies to increase human resource to regulate traffic in streets near the seaport, open more counters to do procedures for getting in and out from the port and strictly handle parking violations.
Despite these efforts, traffic jam has been long lasting in streets approaching Cat Lai such as Hanoi Highway, Mai Chi Tho, Dong Van Cong, Nguyen Thi Dinh, Vo Chi Cong streets. The worst congested area has been My Thuy intersection. That has negatively affected businesses and residents’ production and life.
According to Vietnam’s seaport system development plan by 2020, cargo transport capacity through Cat Lai seaport will approximate 36 million tons a year. In fact, the cargo output last year exceeded the number to hit 53 million tons.
In the first six months 2017, it reached 27.2 million tons, up 15.24 percent over the same period last year. About 17,000 trucks are traveling to and from Cat Lai seaport a day on average, it sometimes rockets to 19,000-22,000.
Meantime, Nguyen Thi Dinh street can meet a maximum of 15,000 trucks a day. Incomplete traffic infrastructure in My Thuy and An Phu intersections and other under-construction works have resulted in serious traffic jam in streets to Cat Lai seaport.
Adding to the woes, the number of cargo trucks at Cat Lai Industrial Park has been on the rise, putting pressure on Nguyen Thi Dinh, Le Phung Hieu and Dong Van Cong streets.
In addition, vehicles to and from yards on their ways to the seaport and the illegal parking of vehicles in these streets have contributed to traffic congestion in the area.
Saigon New Port Corporation has proposed the city People’s Committee to speed up works connecting the port with Vo Chi Cong street and Hanoi Highway. Authorized agencies should clear illegal truck parking sites in Le Phung Hieu street and crack down on parking violations.

By QUOC HUNG – Translated by Hai Mien

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