Traffic situation improves in Vietnam metro

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Congestion on Ho Chi Minh City's roads has eased in the past five years with the number of traffic hotspots declining by 40 percent, the National Traffic Safety Committee said.

In the first eight months there were no traffic jams lasting for more than 30 minutes. This compares with eight cases last year.

Heavy traffic plagues the city, which has poor infrastructure and a population density of nearly 3,670 people per square kilometer.

With the population still growing, the motorbike is the most common vehicle on the streets and its number exceeds 5.6 million.

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as saying at an online meeting September 11 that the situation has improved thanks to to the city's efforts to widen and upgrade roads.

Five overpasses have been built this year and one more is expected to open by year-end.

But officials admitted at the meeting that HCMC and the rest of the country have seen slow in taking some vital measures to ease congestion like relocating government offices, hospitals, and schools to less central locations, reducing the number of individual vehicles, and building underground parking lots.

Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said hospitals in downtown areas in several cities are even upsizing, pointing to Viet-Duc, Bach Mai, and C hospital in Hanoi as examples.

He admitted his ministry has yet to move out of central Hanoi six years after deciding to do so.

Hanoi still has 57 spots where traffic jams occur frequently.

Deputy PM Phuc urged HCMC and Hanoi to study further solutions and speed up measures to ease traffic congestion.

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