Cat Linh-Hadong urban railway deadlock persists

The direction was made at a meeting held by the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control on July 21. Dung asked authorised agencies to consider opening the second floodgate in Son La Reservoir in the coming days if the situation calls for. The first floodgate was opened on July 19 morning to reduce the reservoir’s water level, which had reached 201.9 metres following heavy rain across the northern region. After discharging water, the water level remained high, about 201.07 metres by 8am on July 21. Dung also tasked the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting to issue more frequent forecasts of rains and flows affecting the reservoirs before 5-10 days so that competent agencies could have enough time to smoothly operate the basin’s reservoirs. The Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development was told to take responsibility for guaranteeing safety for the dyke system and agricultural production activities downstream of the reservoirs, he said. In the meantime, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the country’s largest power company the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) were told to speed up their progress of setting up online meetings with the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control. It aims to help the committee issue prompt directions, he added. Dung also required the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Security to install signs that instruct waterway vehicles to safety downstream. Also at the meeting, Minister of Agricultural and Rural…... [read more]

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has requested a temporary hold on tourism services using double-deckers in several big cities, pending new guidelines from the prime minister. The decision was announced only seven months after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a five-year pilot program in November 2016 for double-decker tourism in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Hue, Lam Dong and Kien Giang. Though Hanoi and Da Nang have already introduced their own fleet of double-deckers for tourists, the trial program has been temporarily put on hold until new directions are given by the premier, the transport ministry said in a document on Thursday. A double-decker is seen in Da Nang on July 20, 2017. Photo: Facebook/yeudn In March 2017, the transport ministry began soliciting feedback on a draft plan on employing passenger buses to boost tourism. As of last month, the ministry received responses from its finance, public security, and tourism counterparts, as well as authorities from the seven localities where the pilot program was launched. While the transport ministry did not specify whether the responses have cast the double-decker program in a negative light, it did request that the pilot program be ceased, “pending final feedback on the March 2017 draft plan from the prime minister.” The two-story bus service had its test run in Hanoi on June 31, using open-top buses equipped with an automated voice system to introduce and share details about each tourist destination on…... [read more]

NDO - The Prime Minister has recently issued Directive No.33/CT-TTg on enhancing the management and restoration of road and railway safety corridors. The PM requested the ministries, branches and localities preliminarily review the implementation of Decision No. 994/QD-TTg on the approval of the plan to restore road and railway corridor safety for the 2014-2020 period as well as evaluate the achieved results and limitations; and review the responsibility of collectives and individuals and propose solutions in the coming time. The Ministry of Transport has been asked to direct functional agencies and units to strengthen the implementation of regulations and coordination with localities, enhance the inspection and prevention of violations as well as promptly handle violations related to the use and exploitation of space within the land areas reserved for roads or railways or transferring it to local administrations to be handled on its own accord. The Ministry of Public Security is requested to direct police agencies and localities to intensify the patrol, control, detection and prevention of violations on management and protection of traffic infrastructure; strictly handle those causing public disorder or combat the persons on duty in restoring road safety corridors and sidewalks. The Ministry of Information and Communications shall direct press agencies to step up the dissemination of law provisions on the management and protection of road and railway traffic infrastructure; condemn or criticize illegal acts of using pavements, roads, destroying traffic works or illegally using road and railway safety corridors, etc. The PM…... [read more]

The committee said that it received a request from the Ministry of Transport to stop ride hailing platforms Uber and Grab from providing carpooling services. The committee repeated the ministry’s request, asking taxi firms in the pilot carpooling project not to implement similar activities. The ministry also asked local departments of transport which have applied the pilot service to urge participating units to strictly implement regulations. The departments were also asked to inspect the compliance with the law and punish violators. Hanoi was one of several locations selected by the Ministry of Transport for Uber and Grab to pilot the project. Grab started providing carpooling service GrabShare in Ho Chi Minh City in May and in Hanoi last month, which allows two passengers’ bookings to be completed in a single trip. Grab said that this provided passengers with cheaper fares, helped drivers earn more and alleviated congestion. Uber had also planned to provide UberPOOL in the country, a service similar to GrabShare but has not yet rolled out the service. Although the Ministry of Transport has requested GrabShare and UberPOOL to cease their carpooling activities, Grab is continuing the service. Grab and Uber in Vietnam have faced objections from traditional taxi firms who complained of unfair competition. However, the Ministry of Finance claimed this was inaccurate and instructed the General Department of Taxation to check cases for tax fraud and hand out punishment accordingly. Vietnamplus... [read more]

NDO – In the face of complications caused by the flooding in recent days, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung chaired an urgent meeting of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control in Hanoi on July 21, to review water regulations and the management of inter-reservoirs in the Red River basin. According to report from the steering committee, in an attempt to combat the complicated evolution of flooding in recent days, the inter-reservoir operation process in the Red River basin has been commenced, as Son La and Hoa Binh hydropower plants began discharging water. Following the discharge, Hoa Binh reservoir’s water level, as of 6pm July 18, was at 106.19 m and at 5pm on July 20 was at 106.20 m (almost unchanged), 5.20 m above the permitted water level. While in Son La reservoir, the water level at 6pm on July 19 was 201.90 m and at 5pm on July 20 at 201.18 m (down 0.72 m), 3.88 m higher than the permissible level. After more than two days of discharging, the water level in Son La reservoir reduced slowly by 0.5 m/day, while the water level in Hoa Binh reservoir is almost unchanged due to the large volume of water running into the reservoir, equivalent to the total discharge. On the first day as the reservoirs began regulating water, water levels downstream of the Red River and Thai Binh River changed slowly. The implementation of water regulations in recent days is assessed…... [read more]

The proposed Long Thành International Airport near HCM City will be in the shape of a lotus flower. — VNS Photo A lotus flower design has been chosen for the terminal of the proposed Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai Province near HCM City. It was announced after a meeting between the Ministry of Transport led by transport minister Truong Quang Nghia and the Airport Corporation of Viet Nam (ACV) on Wednesday. According to the chairman of the ACV, Lai Xuan Thanh, the ministry had collected public opinion on the design of the terminal in Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, and Dong Nai and also from professional associations in the country. He revealed that 26 members of the consultative group, or almost 60 per cent, chose the lotus design. The design had been proposed by Korean company Heerim Architects & Planners Co Ltd, and short listed along with two others by the ACV following public displays of all designs. The others were designed by a Viet Nam-Japan-Singapore consortium and a Japan-France joint venture. The ACV would hold discussions with the consultative group to make improvements to the design, Thanh said. The airport is expected to cost US$16.03 billion. It will have a capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of cargo a year when completed in 2025. The current international airport, Tan Son Nhat in HCM City, is bursting at the seams…... [read more]

NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will head a steering committee for implementation of measures to prevent traffic jams in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, according to a recently released directive from the Government Office. Accordingly, traffic jams in the capital city of Hanoi and the southern economic hub of HCM City have become considerably worse, requiring comprehensive solutions and specific mechanisms and policies to deal with them. For that reason, PM Phuc requested the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to follow the Government's guidance in Document No. 6731/VPCP-CN dated June 29, 2017 by the Government Office on the establishment of the Steering Committee for implementation of anti-traffic congestion measures in Hanoi and HCM City. Under the document, the steering committee will be led by the PM. Its deputy heads include a deputy PM, the minister of Planning and Investment and chairpersons of the People's Committees of Hanoi and HCM City. The steering committee’s members are heads of relevant ministries and sectors. Earlier, at the end of June, PM Phuc agreed to set up a steering committee to implement measures to prevent traffic jams in Hanoi and HCM City and assigned the MPI to study and collect suggestions from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Construction to develop a proposal on the establishment of the steering committee as stipulated, then submit the plan to the PM in July. According to statistics, in 2016, Hanoi had an additional 17 traffic jam…... [read more]

NDO – Measures to promote the development of transport infrastructure in the Northwestern region were discussed at a workshop, jointly held by the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region and Ministry of Transport (MoT), in Hanoi on July 20. The event was attended by Head of the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region Nguyen Van Binh, Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia and Standing Deputy head of the Northwest Steering Committee Hau A Lenh, along with delegates from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, The State Bank of Vietnam and 14 northwestern provinces. The conference aims to assess the current situation of transport network in the region, review the master plan and development plan until 2020, with orientations to 2030 as well as solve difficulties and propose measures to develop transport infrastructure in region. Addressing the workshop, Head of the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region Nguyen Van Binh stressed that developing transport infrastructure in the Northwestern region is important to enhancing socio-economic development in addition to security and national defense in the region and the country. Over the past years, traffic in the Northwest region has been improved thanks to many projects, which were completed and put into operation, especially the expressway projects. The region has completed 3,718 of the total 6,730 km of highway. The railway system has a total length of about 700 km. Five waterway routes in the region, including Hanoi - Viet Tri - Lao Cai, Viet Tri - Tuyen Quang,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – More than 600 local and international traffic experts and policy-makers will participate in the 12th International Conference of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) to be held in HCM City and Binh Duong Province from September 18-21. A recent traffic accident on the HCM Highway in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum killed four people. – Photo: VNA/VNS  Speaking at a press conference in HCM City yesterday, Khuat Viet Hung, vice chairman of the National Committee for Road Safety, said that measures to address traffic problems among EASTS-member countries would be discussed. Hung, who is also the head of the conference’s organising committee, said the biennial event also aimed to promote transport research cooperation among EASTS-member countries. This year, the National Committee for Road Safety plans to combine the EASTS conference and an annual traffic safety conference in the city and Binh Duong Province. The conference in HCM City is themed “Vision and Action Programme for Safe, Green and Integrated Transport”. The conference will discuss management of personal vehicles, application of intelligent transport system (ITS), traffic safety for vulnerable commuters like motorbikes drivers and pedestrians, public transport development, and sustainable transport development to adapt to climate change, among others. Meanwhile, the conference in Binh Duong will have the theme “Binh Duong: Vision of a Safe Transport System, a Smart City”. The conference will focus on various issues, including road safety management, responses after traffic accidents, railway safety and inland waterway safety. Short-term and long-term…... [read more]

Director of the department Bui Xuan Cuong yesterday said that Truong Son street is the only entrance road to the airport, so traffic jam has regularly occurred in the area. Therefore, the agency has proposed the Ministry of Transport to open more entrances from Thong Nhat street in Go Vap district or some other positions in Truong Chinh and Pham Van Bach streets in Tan Binh district, Tan Son and Quang Trung streets in Go Vap. At present, the city is listening to scientists’ opinions to seek the most feasible planning measure in and outside the airport. They will give opinions about directions which the city should open new gateways to the airport to conveniently connect with existing terminals. Under a plan approved by the ministry previously, a new gateway to Tan Son Nhat Airport will be opened in Hoang Hoa Tham street, Tan Binh district. Still the agency said that the street was connected with many other streets and severely overloaded. It would be unfeasible to open a gateway there. According to Mr. Cuong, many defense land plots have not been handed over for HCMC to implement projects to ease traffic jam in Tan Son Nhat Airport area. The Department of Transport has proposed the Ministry of Defense to ask relevant sides to soon hand over these land plots. Statistics by the Transport Department show that over 30,000 vehicles are travelling to and from Tan Son Nhat Airport a day. Of the number, 22,000 are automobiles and 7,000…... [read more]

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