Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered authorities in the southern province of Binh Duong to take urgent measures to tackle serious traffic congestion around a tourism complex that began offering free admission prior to its shutdown.
Mr. Phuc, the chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, made the order after serious congestion was reported in Thu Dau Mot Town, where the 450-hectare Dai Nam Tourism Complex is located.
Tens of thousands of people from Binh Duong, Ho Chi MInh City and neighboring provinces have flocked to Dai Nam, the largest amusement park of its kind in Vietnam, after its owner Huynh Uy Dung announced, early this month that, it will close on November 20.
Dung said the shutdown was the result of a long and complicated dispute between him and the provincial government.
After the announcement, he ordered the park to begin offering free entry to the tourism complex and 50-percent discounts on gaming tickets between November 4 and 9.
The announcement created an immediate rush on Dai Nam, prompting its management board to extend the free entry and discount period to November 19.
During the last weekend, streets throughout Binh Duong were jammed as hundreds of thousands of people flocked toward the tourism complex.
On Monday, Dai Nam’s management board announced it will stay open until the end of this year to cater to the demands of millions of visitors from all over the country.
Accordingly, between November 28 and December 28, the complex will remain open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
It will close during all other days.
Deputy PM Phuc ordered Binh Duong police and transport authorities to mobilize all forces to the most congestion-prone streets that lead to the tourism complex to direct traffic.
He asked the police to ensure tourist safety and prevent them from taking advantage of the gridlock to commit robberies.
The local government also opened hotlines to receive resident complaints and provide tourists with tips on the most convenient routes to the tourism complex.