Vietnam's southern hub to clear sidewalks

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Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City announced Thursday that small businesses and parking lots would be cleared from the sidewalks of over 100 streets where they had been allowed since 2009.

The move is a bid to somehow ease traffic congestion, officials said.

Under the decision issued by the People's Committee early this week, small businesses like coffee shops  are now permitted on the sidewalks of just 13 streets, including those in districts 5 and 6, as compared to 112 streets like before.

Meanwhile, the number of streets whose pavements are currently used for for-profit parking space will be cut from 160 down to 119. The HCMC People's Committee will also clear parking lots entirely off of at least 36 streets. 

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In 2009, the city authorities allowed 345 streets across the city to be  partly used for parking space and or for rent to small businesses.

However, since then leaders of the local transport department and district-level officials have complained that they have had many difficulties applying the decision, especially given that the Department of Finance did not issue any instructions on related fees.

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