The Department of Transport of Ho Chi Minh City has demanded that sidewalks, which are encroached on to make room for unauthorized parking areas, surrounding large hospitals in the city be taken back.
The sidewalks of many streets surrounding Children's Hospital 2 in District 1, and Cho Ray Hospital and Hung Vuong Hospital in District 5 have been turned into parking lots for motorbikes and trading areas for street vendors.
In particular, the sidewalk on a one-kilometer road section in front of Cho Ray Hospital has been occupied for an unlicensed parking lot for motorbikes.
Carts also encroach on the roadway, leaving no space for pedestrians.
|Pedestrians walk on the roadway as the sidewalk is occupied in front of Cho Ray Hospital in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Luu Duyen / Tuoi Tre
Ly Thuong Kiet Street in District 5 is home to two to three parking lots, which are always full of motorbikes.
As the sidewalk is occupied, pedestrians have to walk on the roadway, which is dangerous, said Hoang Anh, a local resident.
Therefore, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport suggested the Department of Health deal with the issue.
Hospitals turning sidewalks into parking lots must restore the areas.
|A parking lot is fenced off on the sidewalk of Nguyen Chi Thanh Street in front of Cho Ray Hospital in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Luu Duyen / Tuoi Tre
The department has rejected Children’s Hospital 2’s proposal to temporarily use the sidewalk of a Nguyen Du Street section in front of its campus to keep motorbikes, requiring the hospital to arrange a parking area inside its premises.
The hospital should also review and reduce pick-ups and drop-offs on the section to ease traffic congestion, especially during peak hours.
|Part of the sidewalk of Thuan Kieu Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City is returned to pedestrians. Photo: Luu Duyen / Tuoi Tre
|Many hospitals in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City encroach on sidewalks to make room for parking lots. Photo: Luu Duyen / Tuoi Tre