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Roads in Ho Chi Minh City urban districts remain undeveloped for 2 decades

Roads in Ho Chi Minh City urban districts remain undeveloped for 2 decades

Monday, April 17, 2023, 18:59 GMT+7
Roads in Ho Chi Minh City urban districts remain undeveloped for 2 decades
The 131-hectare An Phu - An Khanh Urban Area, which is now home to over 32,000 residents, has been in development in Ho Chi Minh City since 1998. It has five blocks: A, B, C, D, and E. Graphic: N.KH. / Tuoi Tre

Road systems in An Phu - An Khanh and An Phu urban areas, with nearly 18,000 residents in total, in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City remain undeveloped after more than two decades.

Housing Development and Trading JSC (HDTC) and Thu Thiem Investment Development Co. Ltd. (Thu Thiem IDC), the investors of the An Phu - An Khanh and An Phu urban areas, are responsible for developing infrastructure; however, they have blamed each other.

Part of Vu Tong Phan Street, the key street to the two urban areas, is blocked.

Meanwhile, the 1.2-kilometer Nguyen Hoang Street, connecting Hanoi Highway and Luong Dinh Cua Street, snaking between the two urban areas, has deteriorated for many years.

The street was designed to be 37.5 meters wide. HDTC was responsible for upgrading a 17.5-meter-wide part of the street, and Thu Thiem IDC must construct the remaining 20 meters.

However, both of them have yet to fulfill their commitments.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has repeatedly asked the Thu Duc City authorities to urge the investors to complete the infrastructural development for the past two years.

The department also held meetings on May 17 last year and March 23 this year with the municipal Departments of Construction and Natural Resources and Environment, the Thu Duc City authorities, the two investors, and other relevant units over the projects.

However, HDTC representatives did not attend the two meetings.

Thu Duc City also issued multiple documents asking the investors of the two urban areas to repair Nguyen Hoang Street, but HDTC has failed to comply with the requirements.

The 131-hectare An Phu - An Khanh Urban Area now accommodates over 32,000 residents. It has been in development since 1998.

The urban area has five blocks: A, B, C, D, and E. After 25 years, only block B is basically connected to road systems.

Blocks A and C are around 80 percent complete, while only half of blocks D and E are ready.

Many items of the project along Vu Tong Phan and Luong Dinh Cua Streets and infrastructure facilities in the project have yet to be developed.

Enterprises erect fences, hindering the connection of Vu Tong Phan Street with other roads in the urban areas. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Enterprises erect fences, hindering the connection of Vu Tong Phan Street with other roads in the An Phu - An Khanh and An Phu urban areas in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

In particular, Tran Luu Street remains incomplete, while some internal roads are paved. Many land lots measuring thousands of square meters in area are left empty on Tran Luu Street.

Some locations in the urban areas have become landfills. Additionally, some streets have broken lights or no lights at all.

Meanwhile, the 87-hectare An Phu Urban Area currently houses 31,000 people and was started in 2001.

Thu Thiem IDC and 12 other investors of the components in the project have yet to complete traffic infrastructure facilities for it.

The two urban areas remain incomplete, so traffic infrastructure facilities have yet to be handed over to the state for management, Pham Thanh Phuong, chairman of the People’s Committee of An Phu Ward, where the two urban areas are located, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

Nguyen Hoang Street is in dire need of an upgrade, while Vu Tong Phan Street should be connected with Nguyen Hoang Street.

However, local authorities and the investors have not reached a consensus, Phuong said.

Thu Duc City has received many locals’ complaints about the infrastructure at the two projects, said chairman of the People’s Committee of Thu Duc City Hoang Tung.

He added that the city has helped cleared the investors’ difficulties and asked them to quickly develop Vu Tong Phan and Nguyen Hoang Streets.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport also said that it would propose the municipal People’s Committee ask Thu Duc authorities to work with Thu Thiem IDC on speeding up the site clearance for the upgrade of Nguyen Hoang Street.

Thu Thiem IDC and other investors in the An Phu Urban Area project should complete the technical infrastructure development plan of the project and submit it to the municipal Department of Construction this month.

Meanwhile, HDTC must report the investment process of the An Phu - An Khanh Urban Area project and its plan to hand over infrastructure to state agencies.

It should also repair and maintain Nguyen Hoang Street and internal roads, while shouldering responsibility for any delay in line with the law.

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Thanh Ha - Ai Nhan - Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre News

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