In order to remove bottlenecks in transport infrastructure, the Can Tho City Department of Transport has proposed synchronous solutions to mobilize and efficiently use resources; thereby promoting investment attraction, contributing to speeding up the city's socio-economic development in the coming years. Mr. Le Tien Dung, Director of Can Tho City Department of Transport, shared with Vietnam Business Forum about this issue. Song Uyen reports.
What do you think about the development of transport infrastructure in the city in recent years?
In recent years, the local transport infrastructure has seen strong development. It is easily accessible, with improvement in the road system connecting Can Tho with Mekong Delta provinces and Ho Chi Minh City; from the city center to Can Tho airport, the cluster of seaports, industrial parks, urban areas and centers of 85/85 communes, towns and wards. The inland waterways have six national routes and a network of rivers and canals, with 10 inland ports, 781 inland waterway terminals and 91 cross-river passenger terminals. Up to now, Can Tho International Airport operates 14 routes, including 10 domestic routes and four international routes. Can Tho seaport is the national general port. The project for large tonnage ships into the Hau River opened technical channels in 2017, contributing to improving sea transport capacity, making Can Tho city a gathering point of import and export goods of the Mekong Delta.
However, the transport infrastructure still has some bottlenecks. Expressways through the area are not all available; major roads have not been upgraded. Inland waterways are only fully exploited. Can Tho seaport cluster does not operate effectively because the warehouse and logistics system has not been invested synchronously.
In the coming years, how will Can Tho prioritize transport infrastructure?
The Department of Transport will advise the City Party Committee, People's Council, City People's Committee to continue to prioritize investment in modernizing transport infrastructure, focusing on the construction of expressway projects through the area (Chau Doc-Can Tho-Soc Trang; Can Tho-Ca Mau); Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho high-speed railway; promoting the opening of more routes to Can Tho International Airport, building Cai Cui Port to reach a complete scale as planned, and completing phase 2 of the Channel Project for large tonnage ships entering the Hau River to attract passengers and goods from provinces in the Mekong Delta to Can Tho International Airport and Can Tho Seaport, and from there to other regions in the country and internationally.
The city will also focus on building key projects in the public investment portfolio of transport for the period 2021-2025 to meet the requirements of inter-regional development and connectivity; investing in modern transport systems and terminals, shelters to develop public passenger bus transport connecting the whole city and neighboring provinces, developing smart transportation systems, applying information technology and information sharing to reduce costs, save time and resources in order to well serve the management and supervision of transport activities and ensure traffic safety.
Over the past years, the Can Tho City Department of Transport has always paid attention to promoting administrative reform and achieved remarkable results. From 2017 up to now, the Department has implemented online public services at level 3, 4 for administrative procedures, thereby saving people’s time and travel costs.
Source: Vietnam Business Forum