​Continuous rains pose challenges to roadworks in Ho Chi Minh City

Roadworks and downpours may be a recipe for disaster

A roadwork for burial of telecom wires is being carried out on Ton That Tung Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Continuous rainfall has brought about myriad difficulties for road constructions across Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon completion of the works, the surface of several streets has been improperly reconstructed, causing hardship for commuters and local residents.

Along Go Dua Street in Thu Duc District, a project on improving the drainage system has been carried out for over a month.

Vehicles are banned from the road between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am every day for the implementation.

As several sections of the streets have been finished, the developer has had the surface of these parts restored, not in a thorough manner.

Residents complained that countless bumps and potholes had been formed on the new surface, which can be extra dangerous whenever it rains.

Such flaws were not present on Go Dau Street prior to the project, Truong Thanh Tung, a local resident, asserted.

Heavy downpours have seriously affected the execution of the project, a worker said, adding that the newly established street layer had been soaked, resulting in its uneven surface.

A similar situation can be noticed on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Cong Quynh, and Do Quang Dau Streets in District 1, and Nguyen Van Dau Street in Binh Thanh District, where construction is being conducted for the burial of electric and telecom wires.

Despite the rain, these projects have to be completed in accordance with the original schedule, some workers said.

According to Nguyen Bat Han, deputy chief inspector of the municipal Department of Transport, many developers have been fine for their careless implementation.

“About 353 violations have been recorded with fine totaling VND2.6 billion [US$ 113,850] in the first six months of this year,” Han elaborated.

Developers’ response

Statistics of the city’s transport department about 518 projects were initiated on the city’s streets since the beginning of the year.

Nguyen Thanh Phuong, director of the Ben Thanh Water Supply JSC, developer of several drainage projects, said that it is hard to avoid carrying out these works during the rainy season.

It takes nearly four months for competent authorities to approve the detail plan of each project, Phuong explained.

According to Huynh Hao Tai, an official from the Saigon Water Corporation, it is most ideal to start a roadwork in December.

However, if a project is proposed in that time of the year, an official permission will be granted in round March of the following year, while the rainy season often starts in April.

There has been concern over the lack of coordination between developers, resulting in repeated constriction on the same street.

A transport official considered the issue an inevitability as different projects cannot be conducted at the same time on the same road.

There are certain differences between drainage system, electricity, and telecom projects, thus coordination is not possible, he stated.

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