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Entrance to Ho Chi Minh City 'University Village' heavily ruined

Entrance to Ho Chi Minh City 'University Village' heavily ruined

Monday, July 25, 2022, 16:08 GMT+7
Entrance to Ho Chi Minh City 'University Village' heavily ruined
Giant potholes line To Vinh Dien Street in the complex of universities under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kieu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A road to the complex of universities under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, connecting Thu Duc City with Binh Duong Province, has been seriously degraded, with giant potholes lining it. 

Students and local people have endured the bumpy To Vinh Dien Street, which links National Highway 1K with the B dormitory of the university complex, commonly called the 'University Village,' over the past years.

The degradation of the street began three years ago.

Motorcyclists travel on the degraded To Vinh Dien Street in the complex of universities under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kieu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Motorbike riders travel on the degraded To Vinh Dien Street in the complex of universities under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kieu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Giant potholes along the street force vehicles to travel extremely slow and even in disregard of traffic directions to avoid crashes.

Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, a student residing in the B dormitory, blamed the deterioration on heavy traffic and the discharge of wastewater from households and eateries along the street into its roadway instead of a drainage network.

Wastewater is discharged from households into the roadway of To Vinh Dien Street in the complex of universities under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kieu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Wastewater is discharged from households into the roadway of To Vinh Dien Street in the complex of universities under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kieu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

In 2020, one motorcyclist died after suddenly falling into a flooded pothole near a power pole on To Vinh Dien Street with two others. 

Despite that accident, the road has never been repaired.

A mini truck is to turn away after facing giant potholes on To Vinh Dien Street in the complex of universities under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kieu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A mini truck is to turn away after facing giant potholes on To Vinh Dien Street in the complex of universities under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Kieu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

“Regardless of the danger the road imposes, many people still choose to travel on it as it is the shortest route from National Highway 1K to the university complex,” said Huong.

“Many commuters and students hope that repairs to the street will begin as soon as possible.”

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