HCMC Unveils Plans for Waterway Transport System by 2020

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Jan. 20 – The HCM City Department of Transport has unveiled its plan to develop the city’s waterway transport system by 2020 at a cost of VND2.27 trillion to be funded by the city and official development assistance.

The proposal is still unapproved and will call for developing existing routes and building new ones. All in all the plan will span 88 routes including three categories within the city, 16 national routes and seven local marine routes.

The city routes will connect downtown with the suburbs, and also connect to new seaports. There will soon be seven passenger and cargo ports in Districts 7, 8, 9, Nha Be, Cu Chi, and Thu Duc.

The plan also calls for a jetty to be built in Long Hoa Commune in the outlying district of Can Gio and another at Bach Dang. For canoes and motor boats, there will be points built on Tau Hu, Te, and Doi canals and along the Saigon River.

A 2.1 kilometer channel will be built to link the Soai Rap River with the Goc Tre Nho Canal and Vam Sat, Lo Ren, Dinh Ba and Dan Xay rivers Can Gio District, reports the Vietnam News.