Vietnam metro fines companies for digging up roads, blocking traffic

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A traffic officer directs motorbikes around a fence put up around a work site by VIC Construction Company in Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday morning

Ho Chi Minh City transport inspectors fined 41 companies nearly VND300 million (US$14,400) last week for causing traffic disorder by digging up roads.

The companies have been digging for power, water, and road projects and covering up the works with metal roofs, blocking the view of motorists.

VIC Construction JSC was fined VND31 million for worsening traffic jams at the junction of Hai Ba Trung and Tran Quoc Toan Streets in District 3.

There are schools in the area and the blockages have caused many students to reach school late.

VIC has dug up the road to fix a drainage pipe, but such work is not allowed during the day.

The others to be fined include the Ho Chi Minh City Power Investment JSC and Saigon Water Supply Company.

Work is going on at 52 places in the city now.

The situation has been like this since 2008.

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