HCM City to build interchange in District 2’s An Phú Ward

HCMC wants An Phu intersection construction on fast trackLe Anh HCMC – The HCMC government has urged the Ministry of Transport to approve an interchange development project for An Phu intersection in District 2 including an overpass and a tunnel. The first phase of the project will need VND800 billion for construction of a two-way tunnel with four lanes connecting HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway and Mai Chi Tho Avenue towards the Saigon River Tunnel. In an urgent correspondence sent on July 31 to the ministry, the city said the interchange, when completed, will be a three-level structure. The first level will accommodate a two-way tunnel with two lanes each way connecting HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway and Mai Chi Tho Street. Besides, the city also proposed another two-lane tunnel linking the expressway and Luong Dinh Cua Street. The second floor will be a two-lane overpass connecting Luong Dinh Cua Street and the expressway, and another two-lane overpass linking Cat Lai crossroads and Mai Chi Tho Avenue towards the expressway. In the future, Long Thanh- Thu Thiem and HCMC-Nha Trang monorail lines will be built above the intersection, passing Mai Chi Tho Avenue towards Thu Thiem station. To rapidly ease traffic congestion at the intersection, the municipal government proposed the Ministry of Transport approve the project’s scale and the investment solution for the first phase using surplus funds from the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). At a meeting between the city and the ministry…... [read more]

While most cars in Vietnam are running on Euro 2 standard fuel, a new law effective January 1 mandates that all new automobiles in Vietnam, both imported and domestically assembled, must use petrol meeting the Euro 4 standard. Another mandatory upgrade, from Euro 2 to Euro 3, was also approved for motorbikes with the same deadline. Currently applied in several countries, the Euro emission standards, set by the European Union, stipulate average emission targets for toxic substances like carbon monoxide (CO) or carbon dioxide (CO2). The Euro 2, introduced in 1997, set the CO emission target at 4g/kWh, and the later Euro 4, effective in 2011, lowered that to 1.5g/kWh. A petrol product must have a lead content of no more than 0.005 grams per liter to meet the Euro 4 standard, compared to 0.013 g/l of the Euro 2. Drivers told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that while they want to follow the law, it is not easy to find Euro 4 petrol, even in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Duc Thuan, one Hanoi resident, has recently purchased a new car using the Euro 4 standard. However, “it is a tough job finding a filling station with the Euro 4 petrol,” he told Tuoi Tre. Petrolimex, Vietnam’s largest fuel wholesaler, is the only supplier of the higher grade petrol, but not all Petrolimex stations have this kind of fuel, Thuan added. “So I sometimes have to resort to using Euro 2 petrol,” he…... [read more]

Phan Thiet Airport to lengthen runwayLe Anh HCMC – The runway of Phan Thiet Airport in the south-central province of Binh Thuan will be lengthened from 2,400 to 3,050 meters to ensure sustainable development and enhance the effectiveness of the airport which is still under construction. The Transport Department of Binh Thuan Province said the central Government has approved a scheme to upgrade the airport from level 4C to 4E. Currently, relevant agencies are making preparations for the upgrade such as completing design work and investment procedures. The Transport Department said site clearance for the airport project, whose construction began nearly three years ago, has not been completed, as a company has not handed over 98.58 hectares of land to implement the project due to an ongoing compensation dispute. Site clearance is expected for completion next month. Roads leading to the airport will be also built at the end of the year. The construction of Phan Thiet Airport was commenced in January 2015 on a total area of 543 hectares including a 150-hectare area for the air force, a 145.6-hectare civil aviation area and a 247.4-hectare shared area. Up to 48 households and six organizations were asked for relocation. The airport was planned to be used for both civil and military flights. It was initially designed to handle 500,000 passengers by 2020 using ATR 72, F70 and other small aircraft, and one million passengers by 2030 using A320 and A321 airplanes. The two-phase project includes a 2,400-meter-long runway on a…... [read more]

Online transport services that connect inter-provincial transport companies have reduced costs and helped reduce pollution by having fewer trucks on the road. Rows of shipping truchs from the Saigon New Port Corp in HCM City to nearby provinces.  A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VNĐ5 million (US$222) to VNĐ3.2 million after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuan expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have had a hard time attracting customers. “I joined vinatrucking.com for a short time but there were not any successful trips for us because customers…... [read more]

Rows of shipping truchs from the Saigon New Port Corp in HCM City to nearby provinces. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh Online transport services that connect inter-provincial transport companies have reduced costs and helped reduce pollution by having fewer trucks on the road. A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VNĐ5 million (US$222) to VNĐ3.2 million after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuan expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have had a hard time attracting customers. “I joined…... [read more]

A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VND5 million (US$222) to VND3.2 million (US$142) after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuận expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have had a hard time attracting customers. “I joined vinatrucking.com for a short time but there were not any successful trips for us because customers paid attention only to long trips, like from the north to the south. For other short-distance trips, like HCM City to Binh Duong Province, customers didn’t care,” Lam Dai Vinh, director of Lam…... [read more]

Rows of shipping trucks from the Saigon New Port Corp in HCM City to nearby provinces. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh Online transport services that connect inter-provincial transport companies have reduced costs and helped reduce pollution by having fewer trucks on the road. A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VNĐ5 million (US$222) to VNĐ3.2 million after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuan expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have had a hard time attracting customers. “I joined…... [read more]

Online transport services that connect inter-provincial transport companies have reduced costs and helped reduce pollution by having fewer trucks on the road. Rows of shipping trucks from the Saigon New Port Corp in HCM City to nearby provinces. - VNA/VNS Photo The Anh A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VNĐ5 million (US$222) to VNĐ3.2 million after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuan expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have…... [read more]

The Ministry of Transport has asked the central Government’s approval for privatisation of investments for restoration of infrastructure for the Da Lat – Trai Mat Railroad. Da Lat Railway Station. Khuong The Duy of the Ministry of Transport asked permission from the Prime Minister to seek private investments for the railroad in Lam Dong Province under the BOOT (Build–Own-Operate–Transfer) form. The railway section is part of the 84-km Thap Cham – Da Lat Railway, which was suspended in 1968 during wartime. In 1991, the 6.7-km section of the railway, which runs from Da Lat to Trai Mat, was restored to serve the tourism industry. This stretch has been operating independently and is not connected with any railway network in the region. Duy said the state had earned VND196 million (US$87,210) in operating fees from the railway section, while spending VND2.4 billion for management and maintenance services per year. A spokesman for the Ministry of Transport said that private investment was necessary to maintain the railway and to contribute to tourism development in Da Lat. Such funds would also help the state cut management costs and earn more money from the operation of Da Lat Railway Station. The proposed BOOT project has total investment of VND79.2 billion (US$3.5 million). The investor will be refunded in 25 years through train tickets and operation of facilities at the two railway stations on the railroad. If the proposal is approved by the Prime Minister, the Viet Nam Railway Authority will complete procedures so that…... [read more]

Da Lat Railway Station. — VNS File Photo The Ministry of Transport has asked the central Government’s approval for privatisation of investments for restoration of infrastructure for the Da Lat – Trai Mat Railroad. Khuong The Duy of the Ministry of Transport asked permission from the Prime Minister to seek private investments for the railroad in Lam Dong Province under the BOOT (Build–Own-Operate–Transfer) form. The railway section is part of the 84-km Thap Cham – Da Lat Railway, which was suspended in 1968 during wartime. In 1991, the 6.7-km section of the railway, which runs from Da Lat to Trai Mat, was restored to serve the tourism industry. This stretch has been operating independently and is not connected with any railway network in the region. Duy said the state had earned VND196 million (US$87,210) in operating fees from the railway section, while spending VND2.4 billion for management and maintenance services per year. A spokesman for the Ministry of Transport said that private investment was necessary to maintain the railway and to contribute to tourism development in Da Lat. Such funds would also help the state cut management costs and earn more money from the operation of Da Lat Railway Station. The proposed BOOT project has total investment of VND79.2 billion (US$3.5 million). The investor will be refunded in 25 years through train tickets and operation of facilities at the two railway stations on the railroad. If the proposal…... [read more]




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