Ho Chi Minh City chairman Phan Van Mai has given the go-ahead for a proposal to extend the operation of express boat services at the inland waterway port of the Bach Dang Wharf in the downtown area, an official from the municipal Department of Transport told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday evening.
Speaking at a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, the leader of the department proposed that the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee allow the continued exploitation of the inland waterway port at the second quay of the wharf.
The proposal was passed by the chairman of the People’s Committee.
According to the proposal, Greenlines DP Technology Company can operate the express Bach Dang-Can Gio-Vung Tau waterway route until state agencies close the port.
Tickets previously bought for trips from District 1, Ho Chi Minh City to the city's Can Gio District and neighboring Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province's Vung Tau City will remain valid.
The extension will last for one year, giving enough time for relevant units to relocate facilities at the quay and find a new location for the high-speed boat services.
During the extension period, the firm must follow all requirements set by the authorities and ensure the safety of passengers and the security of inland waterway activities at the port.
“The city will create favorable conditions for the Bach Dang-Can Gio-Vung Tau waterway route to operate pending their relocation and guarantee the benefits of the firm and passengers,” said the leader of the municipal Department of Transport.
The municipal department had earlier sent a dispatch to Greenlines DP Technology Co. Ltd. asking the firm to stop its express boat services at the Bach Dang Wharf.
The firm is responsible for its financial obligations.
On March 27, the department proposed that the municipal People’s Committee allow Greenlines DP Technology Company continue offering express boat services at the quay until the end of this year.
The reinforced concrete second quay at the Bach Dang Wharf is 80 meters long and nine meters wide.