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Poor road conditions make life tougher for students in suburban Ho Chi Minh City

Poor road conditions make life tougher for students in suburban Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, October 22, 2023, 17:24 GMT+7
Poor road conditions make life tougher for students in suburban Ho Chi Minh City
Two schoolboys avoid waterlogged potholes on Giac Dao Street in Trung Chanh Commune, Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Students in some outlying districts of Ho Chi Minh City have to brave bad roads pockmarked with numerous potholes to go to school every single day.

Many roads in such districts as Binh Tan, Binh Chanh, and Hoc Mon have deteriorated.

Lots of potholes have popped up on these roads, causing vehicles to easily get stuck and making life risky for daily commuters.

In this rainy season, more commuters, including students, have become victims of the muddy, potholed roads, as their clothes were splashed with mud every time a vehicle passed by a waterlogged pothole without noticing there was one.

Large potholes fill Ho Van Long Street in Binh Tan District. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Large potholes fill Ho Van Long Street in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

The one-kilometer-long Ho Van Long Street, located in Binh Tan District, is badly damaged and lined with many small and large muddy, waterlogged potholes.

Vehicles have to travel near the roadside to avoid hitting water-filled potholes on this street, which serves as the main route leading to Binh Tan High School and the Le Thanh-Tan Tao residential area in Binh Tan District and thereby it reports a huge daily traffic volume.

Hong Thu, 35, a local woman, said many commuters, mostly women and the elderly, tripped and fell off their vehicles when passing by this street on rainy days.

The situation has worsened after a rising number of trucks and tractor-trailers travel daily through this already damaged road, she added.

A large waterlogged pothole is seen on Ho Van Long Street in Binh Tan District. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

A large waterlogged pothole is seen on Ho Van Long Street in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Some five kilometers away from Ho Van Long Street, Nguyen Cuu Phu Street is facing the same fate, with its surface full of potholes, which poses a high risk of traffic accidents.

Nguyen Cuu Phu Street, which links Binh Tan District with neighboring Binh Chanh District, sees a high volume of vehicular traffic, especially trucks and cars.

Similarly, Giac Dao Street in Trung Chanh Commune, Hoc Mon District has seriously aged in the past two years, according to Lap, a 59-year-old resident.

The locals are looking forward to the day when repair work starts on this road, he said.

Commenting on the bad road conditions, Nguyen Minh Nhut, chairman of the Binh Tan District administration, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that authorities are working to accelerate work on a project to upgrade and expand Ho Van Long Street, which runs from an intersection with the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway to the Tham Luong-Ben Cat Canal.

Compensation linked to this project has been carried out since December last year, with 70 households affected by the project.

Until now, 66 households have done with the site handover, while the remaining four are still conducting legal procedures needed for the handover.

Work on the project is expected to begin this month, Nhut said.

Below are some photos of the roads lined with countless potholes in some outlying districts in Ho Chi Minh City:

Giac Dao Street in Trung Chanh Commune, Hoc Mon District has seriously aged in the past two years, according to local inhabitants. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Giac Dao Street in Trung Chanh Commune, Hoc Mon District has seriously aged in the past two years, according to local inhabitants. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A student hits a pothole while cycling on Giac Dao Street. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A student hits a pothole while cycling on Giac Dao Street. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

The one-kilometer-long Ho Van Long Street, located in Binh Tan District, is badly damaged and lined with many small and large muddy, waterlogged potholes. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

The one-kilometer-long Ho Van Long Street, located in Binh Tan District, is badly damaged and lined with many small and large muddy, waterlogged potholes. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Ho Van Long Street is the main route leading to Binh Tan High School and the Le Thanh-Tan Tao residential area in Binh Tan District, with a daily huge traffic volume. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Ho Van Long Street is the main route leading to Binh Tan High School and the Le Thanh-Tan Tao residential area in Binh Tan District, with a huge daily traffic volume. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Many women and old people fell off their motorcycles and bicycles due to potholes on Ho Van Long Street, especially when the route is submerged in rainwaters. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Many women and old people fell off their motorcycles and bicycles due to potholes on Ho Van Long Street, especially when the route was submerged in rainwater. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

A large waterlogged pothole is seen in front of motorcyclists. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

A large waterlogged pothole is seen in front of motorcyclists. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Students who cycle like this schoolboy could get their clothes and shoes splashed with mud when passing by this muddy, potholed road. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Students who cycle like this schoolboy could get their clothes and shoes splashed with mud when passing by this muddy, potholed road. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

An aging road is under renovation, but slow site clearance has hindered work on this road upgrade project. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

An aging road is under renovation, but slow site clearance has hindered work on this road upgrade project. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

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