HCMC approves two $88mil waterway infrastructure projects

The HCMC People’s Committee has approved two river dredging projects to improve cargo transport capacity by waterway and reduce the pressure for overloaded road system with the total capital of VND2 trillion (US$88 million).
A seagoing vessel travels to HCMC by waterway (Photo: SGGP)
A seagoing vessel travels to HCMC by waterway (Photo: SGGP)
That was announced by the HCMC Department of Transport, saying that the two projects will be implemented in District 9 from 2017-2019.
The first project will dredge Mon canal-Kinh river and Ba Da canal-Giang canal, build Cay Me and Dinh bridges in Long Thuan street under BT (Build-Transfer) form with the capital of VND868 billion.
The second project will dredge Tac river, build new Truong Phuoc bridge to replace the old bridge in Long Thuan street under BT form. Total investment capital will approximate VND1,174 billion.
After being built, the two projects will contribute in completing the traffic system in HCMC, connect with waterway transport network, shorten cargo transport route between eastern HCMC and Dong Nai province and reduce the travel density of vessels in the Saigon river.
The city People’s Committee has proposed the Ministry of Transport to adjust the detail plan of seaport group in the southeastern region including HCMC, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces by 2020 to reduce pressure for Cat Lai seaport.
Specifically, it suggested giving priority to developing seaports in Hiep Phuoc area, Nha Be district and not investing in seaports in Cat Lai, District 2.
In addition, road system should be developed synchronously to connect with seaports, dry ports, goods distribution centers and logistics centers in the region.

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