Construction of Ho Chi Minh City's first underground car park will start next month, following several delays since the project was initiated seven years ago, the investor said Thursday.
Le Tuan, chairman of Investment Development for Underground Space (IUS), said work on the car park at District 1's Le Van Tam Park could not begin in March as planned, due to "some paperwork problems."
Nguyen Van Hiep, deputy director of the HCMC Construction Department, confirmed that the project has been licensed and its construction now depends on IUS. Hiep added that the delays were due to the investor requesting preferential treatment.
The car park was originally scheduled to be completed in 2007.
"The biggest issue now is protecting the park's flora during construction," he said, noting that many plants will have to be moved or cut down.
The project, with an investment capital of more than US$100 million, has five floors underground with a combined parking space of 72,000 square meters.
It is expected to accommodate around 2,000 motorbikes, 1,250 cars and 28 trucks and buses, with three entrances on Vo Thi Sau, Hai Ba Trung and Dien Bien Phu streets.
Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the HCMC People's Committee, said in an interview with Thanh Nien late last month that there are too many vehicles in the city for the existing infrastructure.
The city has also approved another underground car park project at the outdoor stage, Trong Dong, also in District 1.