Ho Chi Minh City plans to install $300mln ‘smart’ traffic control system

By Dam Huy, Thanh Nien News

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The Ho Chi Minh City transport department plans to install a traffic control system using “smart” lights at an estimated cost of US$200-300 million, fix the city’s traffic problems, a local official said Tuesday.
Nguyen Thanh Chung, the director of the department, did not, however, explain how the system will operate.
The plan’s feasibility study is expected to be submitted to the city government in June, and, if approved, work on it will begin next year and be completed in two years.
In the meantime VND500 billion ($23 million) will be spent on upgrading 773 traffic lights in the city and make them automatic, according to the department.
Chung said his department is also working on several other projects like building underground parking lots, restricting personal vehicles, increasing investment in public transport and developing waterway transport.
Officials once again pointed out at a meeting Tuesday that HCMC roads remain heavily congested with many sidewalks taken over by street vendors and even for parking buses and taxis.

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