HCM City discusses smart traffic system near port

Thursday, 2017-07-13 04:39:37
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Congestion at the entrance to Cat Lai port
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NDO/VNA - Officials and experts have called on the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to adopt smart traffic systems in order to reduce the congestion around Cat Lai port in district 2.

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan held a meeting with city officials and experts from the HCM City International University and the relevant agencies to discuss the problem.

He had earlier visited the My Thuy intersection to survey the traffic situation near the port.

At the meeting a Department of Transport official said that his agency has been co-ordinating with the port management and other agencies to find solutions to the congestion, which is badly affecting both businesses and residents in the area. But thus far their efforts have been useless, he admitted.

Some 17,000 vehicles enter the port daily, occasionally growing to even 19,000 - 22,000, while the capacity of the main street leading to it, Nguyen Thi Dinh, is no more than 15,000, according to the department.

According to the Vietnam Seaport Development Master Plan, the cargo transported through the port is expected to reach 36 million tonnes per year by 2020. But the volume has exploded, exceeding 53 million tonnes last year.

The transport official said many infrastructure works are under construction in the vicinity, worsening the situation.

An official from Sai Gon New Port Corporation, the port operator, called for acceleration in the infrastructure works around the port to ease the congestion.

Furthermore, authorities should crack down on illegal parking lots and traffic violations, the official said.

Associate Prof. Ho Thanh Phong, the principal of the university, urged city authorities to install a smart traffic system around the Cat Lai Port.

Smart systems gather traffic data, check traffic routes, monitor vehicles and take over traffic lights in case of congestion, he said.

Such systems are in place in the Sai Gon River Tunnel and on Vo Van Kiet Boulevard, he said.

Nhan said: "A smart traffic system is essential and should be installed as soon as possible. Based on traffic data provided by the system, city authorities will be able to find solutions faster and more efficiently.”

He said the transport department should deploy the system at traffic hotspots such as the Cat Lai Port and Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

The university should estimate its cost and co-ordinate with the relevant agencies to install the system near the port as soon as possible, he said.

He also urged the city to accelerate the construction of Ring Road 2 and other works in order to complete them on schedule.

He said the People’s Committee should have smart traffic systems in place throughout the city by 2020.