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Tony Milton MRICS

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Market Report - HCMC - Infrastructure
Monday, 16 March 2009

INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

 

The draft revision of the master construction plan for HCM City up till 2025 has been approved, replacing the 1998 master plan which lasted less than a decade, which in turn replaced the 1993 master plan which “lacked practicality” and became a fiasco after only 5 years. This time, planning authorities have learnt from their mistakes of thinking that planning is an "in-house" matter for State agencies and have invited foreign consultants (Japan's Nikkei Sekkei and a team from Lyon in France and urban planning experts from France's Rhone-Alpes region) to advise them. HCM City's 2025 urban vision involves a cultural MegaCity and a modern center of industry and ser­vices in the region and East Asia. By 2025, HCM City will develop harmoniously with regional urban centers such as Bien Hoa, Nhon Trach and Long Thanh in Dong Nai Province; Thu Dan Mot and Di An in Binh Duong Province; Trang Bang in Tay Ninh Province; and Duc Hoa, Ben Luc and Tan An in Long An Province. In line with the new design, no urban center is allowed in the 33,000 hectare Can Gio bio­sphere reserve and specialized / protection forests in Binh Chanh and Cu Chi districts. HCM City will extend in all 4 directions with 4 corridors de­veloped : -

 

 

 

 

1.   The northwest corridor running along National Highway 22 and connecting with Duc Hoa, Trang Bang and Thu Dan Mot; and

 

2.   The eastern gateway corridor, running along the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway con­necting with Nhon Trach, Long Thanh and Bien Hoa; and

 

3.   The Nguyen Van Linh corridor linking urban centers in the southern part of the city; and

 

4.   The Nguyen Hun Tho corridor linking urban centers along this route and the port city of Hiep Phuoc.

 

 

The main center will be districts 1, 3, 4, 5, parts of Binh Thanh, Thu Thiem and Saigon South. In the northeast, there will be the Saigon Hi-tech Park, the National Univer­sity, complex and some other func­tional areas. This will be developed into the urban center of science and technology, which embraces parts of District 9 and Thu Duc. In the north will be a bio-ecologi­cal urban center, being parts of District 12 and Hoc Mon. New residen­tial centers occupying parts of Binh Tan and Binh Chanh will be built adjacent to industrial parks. In the south, Saigon South is the core, and there will be new residential areas built in the Tay Bac hub with Hoc Mon and in the port city of Hiep Phuoc in Nha Be. The plan also proposes a green axis relating to tourism and enter­tainment along the 2 banks of the Saigon, Nha Be and Dong Nai rivers; 4 overland beltways will be built with a total length of 168 km; 6 centripetal routes; 4 elevated routes; 19 new bridges; 2 tunnels; the Trang Bom-Binh Trieu section of the Trans Vietnam railway will be upgraded coupled with the construction of 2 new rail routes to Bien Hoa and Loc Ninh; the inner-city railroad system will be linked with the national network; subway and monorail systems will also be built; Tan Son Nhat International Air­port will become a transit point for travelers from regional countries serving 20 million passengers a year; and the new Long Thanh International Airport will be built.

 

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENT ORIENTATION FOR REGIONAL CENTERS

 

 

Regional Centre       Development Orientation   Positional Characteristics

 

North    A complex center of international business           -10-20 km from downtown

and interactive activities playing the role                  - near the airport

of growth engine                                                                - near software centers

- gateway to Cu Chi and Cambodia

- having a railway system

 

 

East     - Gateway to new international airport                     -10-20 km from downtown

-A center of hectic interaction between                   -running along the axial route linking

industries and education and training                       downtown to Long Thanh Airport

- near industrial parks with research

 & development functions

- near planned universities

- having convenient transport systems,

 including a railway system

- having diverse natural environment

 

 

South    Urban center in the middle of the corridor          -10-20 km from downtown

linking the Central Business District with the     - gateway to distribution center in

new port area.                                                                      the south and Can Gio

- having diverse natural environment

- having great potential for attracting

commuters working in the inner city

 

 

West    Urban development through concentration of     - 10km from downtown

research and specialized development fields      - HCM City's gateway to the west

plus urban functions serving neighboring               -having great potential for attracting communities.                                                 commuters working in the inner city

 

 

Source: HCM City's Revised Common Construction Plan for 2025

 

 

Ho Chi Minh City needs from $18-26 billion to tackle traffic problems from now to 2020 according to a master plan for transportation development funded by the Japanese government and devised by leading consulting firms.

 

 

 

 

The city will build a series of expressways to ease traffic congestion and link the commercial hub to key destinations such as Vũng Tàu, Long Thành, Dầu Giây and Đà Lạt. The city will also build beltways to link eastern and northern districts and reduce traffic in the inner districts and build 4 elevated motorways to ease traffic on inner city streets. HCMC will also build 14 bridges across the Sai Gon River to rid residents of time consuming ferry queues and 2 tunnels from downtown HCM City to the new Thủ Thiêm urban area in District 2. Railways diffusing to the whole region from HCMC are also viewed as strategic, including the HCMC-Lộc Ninh-­Cambodia route that later will link to the trans-Asia railway network, the HCMC-Mỹ Tho­-Cần Thơ, and an express rail­way from HCMC to the cen­tral coast city of Nha Trang. These lines will circumvent the city's down­town as HCM City has begun preliminary work on major plan to develop 6 metro sub­way routes through the city. City planners also hope to transform the ageing Tân Sơn Nhất air­port to become Southeast Asia's pre­mier international airport by 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

BRIDGES

 

 

 

 

 

            District 2 Bridges: 3 new bridges will be built to con­nect downtown districts in HCM City with the Thu Thiem new urban area in District 2. Construction Corporation No 1 will oversee the projects. Of the new bridges, the first one will connect District 2 with District 1's Ton Duc Thang Street; the second will connect the district with Dis­trict 4's Ton Dan Street; and the third will connect the dis­trict with District 7’s Huynh Tan Phat Street. The 3 new bridges, each with 4 lanes and mea­suring 16m wide and 800m long, will have a navigation clearance of 10m. They will be constructed in the build-transfer (BT) form at a total cost of USD$281.3 million.

 

 

 

           Thủ Thiêm Bridge: The $696 million Thủ Thiêm Bridge is one of the city's key projects and will have 6 lanes and a total length of 1.250 ki­lometers and includes the building of an in­tersection plus a 460 meter ­long underpass in Binh Thanh District and a 280 meter ac­cess road leading to Luong Dinh Cua Street in Thủ Thiêm. When in place, the Thủ Thiêm Bridge will bring the number of bridges across the Saigon River to four. The 3 existing bridges are Saigon, Binh Trieu and Binh Trieu 2. Thủ Thiêm is expected to fuel the development of the Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area in District 2 and ease the grow­ing traffic congestion in the city's east. The new urban area will be connected to the existing in­ner city by 5 bridges and a tunnel under the Saigon River. Thủ Thiêm Bridge and Thủ Thiêm Tunnel are under construction and should be completed in 2007. The re­maining 3 bridges, at Me Linh Square in District 1, in District 4 and in District 7, will be built later. In addition, a subway line will link Thủ Thiêm with District l, and bus and tram routes on the East-West Highway will link Thu Thiem with the existing inner city.

 

 

 

           Ba Son Bridge: will link the North Eastern city centre to Thủ Thiêm from a point near Bason Shipyard.

 

 

 

 

          Tân Thuận 2 Bridge: Construction commenced on 25 September 2004 and when completed in 2005 will facilitate the traffic flow of Tân Thuận 1 Bridge and create favourable conditions for travelling from the CBD to Saigon South and environs.

 

 

 

           Phú Mỹ Suspension Bridge: The project will commence construction in 2007 and completion is scheduled for 2009. the 1,950m long $114 million Phú Mỹ Bridge, crossing the Saigon River will complete the inner ring road link as according to the socio-economic development plan of Ho Chi Minh City until 2020.

 

 

 

 

           Nguyễn Văn Cừ Bridge: links extended Nguyễn Văn Cừ in District 5 with other districts. The state - funded project began in the second half of 2005. The $24 million project will develop the 1.7 km road passing through districts 1, 4, 5 and 8 and the 1.25 km bridge. The main bridge will run from the Trần Hưng Đạo – Nguyễn Văn Cừ intersection to Kênh Xáng Bridge and an underpass under the bridge to link the main bridge with Bến Vân Đồn Street will be constructed.

 

 

 

 

            Khanh Hoi Bridge: opened in early 2009 linking District 4 to the downtown District 1 of the 11 bridges in the East West Highway project, it is 192m long and almost 22m wide with 4 lanes and a 25m wide pedestrian walkway each side.

 

 

 

 

           Thu Thiem-District 4 Bridge: was announced in mid-2007 and will link District 2’s Thu Thiem peninsula with District 4's Ton Dan Street crossing over the Sai Gon River. This will be the 4th bridge linking HCM City's central areas with Thu Thiem.

 

 

 

 

            Khanh Bridge: The project to build the Binh Khanh Bridge linking Nha Be and Can Gio districts is to be developed under the form of build operate transfer (BOT) licence and was previously estimated to cost USD$111 million. In mid 2007, 2 consortiums made up of foreign partners and local companies submitted applications : a US & Malaysian and local enterprise, under the build­ transfer (BT) form and designed as a 2.6 km long 27.9 wide cable-stayed bridge; and a group Korean companies with a local company, to build the bridge under both the build-operate-transfer (BOT) form and the BT form and designed to be 2.65 km long and 27.5 meters wide.

 

 

 

 

            Phu Long Bridge: At the end of 2008 work started on the Phu Long Bridge linking District 12 with Binh Duong Province's capital city of Thu Dau Mot spanning the Saigon River. The 4 lane bridge costs USD$55.4 million of which HCMC's contribution is almost USD$43 million. The Phu Long Bridge will connect the city's central area with its northeastern gateway.

 

 

 

TUNNELS

 

 

Thủ Thiêm Tunnel: under Saigon River is one of the major sections of the 21.9 km Saigon East-West highway project. The highway cuts through the city and links downtown with the newly developing Thu Thiem Peninsula. According to figures from the project management board, the tunnel will carry 28,000-34,000 vehicles each day even though bicycles will be prohibited. Japan's Obayashi-Mitsubishi Corporation was awarded the contract for construction of Thủ Thiêm tunnel and new Thủ Thiêm road.

 

 

 

ROADS

 

 

 

 

 

            Saigon Bridge 2 & Hanoi Highway Upgrade: In early 2008 the government announce plans for the nearly 1km Saigon Bridge 2 at a cost of some USD$100 million close to the existing Saigon Bridge. The Ha Noi Highway will also be expanded to 153.5m from the Sai Gon Bridge to the Binh Thai crossroads section and 113.5m from the Binh Thai crossroads to the Dong Nai Bridge section. Once complete by late 2010, the highway is expected to have a 10 ­lane main route and 2 parallel roads with 3 lanes on each side.

 

 

 

           Saigon East-West Highway: project started construction in the beginning of 2005 with total capital of USD$600 million. The 21.89 km highway will include a tunnel under the Saigon River and is expected to speed-up travel in the city and to neighbouring provinces. Construction of the highway, which will run through the city's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, Bình Tân and Bình Chánh districts, is expected to finish in about 2008. The infrastructure development project is a key to facilitate HCMC's development potential and manage its population growth.

 

 

 

 

 

           Expansion of Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa – Nguyễn Văn Trỗi (airport road): The road will link the CBD with the Trans-Asia highway and the airport with a total invested capital of VN$852.1 billion, in which the cost of compensation and clearance is VN$778 billion. This project is of great significance to the future transportation system. The streets' expansion together with already-built Cộng- Hòa St and expanding Trường Chinh St will finally create a decent through route from the CBD to the Trans-Asia road & airport. The project is expected to be completed in December of 2009.

 

 

 

           Nhiêu Lộc – Thị Nghè Elevated Road: The government is still seeking funding for this long delayed $220 million project. The 8.2km road will start at the Lăng Cha Cả Roundabout near Tan Son Nhat Airport in Tan Binh Dis­trict and end in Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh in Binh Thanh District (infront of the Thủ Thiêm bridge), running alongside and / or above the Nhiêu Lộc-Thị Nghè Canal. Completion is expected in 2010, and by then the road will help push up the development of hi-rise buildings and com­mercial complex along the road. Another benefit gener­ated by the road is that it helps connect the north-western and eastern areas with the city downtown. When built it will help relieve traffic con­gestion along a number of roads such as Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa-Nguyễn Văn Trỗi, Lê Văn Sỹ, and Trường Chinh, ­Cách Mạng Tháng Tám.

 

 

 

 

 

South Korea's GS Engineering & Construction Corporation (GS E&C) will invest $300 million in building the road linking the Tan Son Nhat Inter­national Airport in Tan Binh with the Trans Asia Highway and the outer beltway in Thu Duc District in the build-transfer (BT) form and a width of between 20 to 60 meters depend­ing on each section. The construction work will take about 4 years to complete if everything goes smoothly. When in place, the road will play an important part in the city's traffic network, espe­cially solving the traffic con­gestion that is forecast to worsen when the airport's new, larger terminal is put into service. Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Nguyen Van Troi streets are virtually the only route between the airport and the city's downtown area. GS E&C will do all work from site clearance and site clearance compensa­tion to completion of the project before transferring it to the city. In return, GS E&C will be allocated land to develop some property projects in the city.

 

 

 

            Other Elevated Roads: The network of urban express­ways (elevated roads) planned for 2020 : -

 

 

a)     Route 1: Starting from Cong Hoa Traffic Circle, going along Cong Hoa and Bui Thi Xuan streets and Nhieu Loc­Thi Nghe Canal, and landing on Nguyen Huu Canh. The USD$380 million 9.6km overhead road will link the Binh Phuc cross and the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe area, running over Highway 13, across the Sai Gon River and through the Chu Van An and Dien Bien Phu. The 17m wide road will have 4 lanes for vehicles.

 

 

b)    Route 2. Starting from the contact point with Route No. 1 on To Hien Thanh Street, going along To Hien Thanh, Lu Gia, Binh Thoi, Lac Long Quan, Road No. 3 and Beltway 2.

 

 

c)     Route 3: Starting from the contact point with Route No. 2 on To Hien Thanh Street, going along the extended Le Hong Phong, Le Hong Phong, Ly Thai To, Nguyen Van Cu, extended Nguyen Van Cu, Le Van Luong and Nguyen Van Linh.

 

 

d)    Route 4: Starting from Binh Phuoc Traffic Circle, going along National Highway 13, crossing the Saigon River, taking Vuon Lai, Nguyen Xi, Dinh Bo Linh and Dien Bien Phu, and linking with Route 1.

 

 

           Dồng Nai Expressway: In early 2007 the government approved the Transport Ministry's proposal to build the first half of the 54km HCMC-Long Thành-Dầu Giây expressway that will run through HCMC’s Districts 2 & 9 to Dong Nai’s Long Thanh (location of the new international airport), Nhơn Trạch and Thống Nhất districts. The cost of constructing the first 24.7km section between HCMC and Long Thành (crossing the Đồng Nai River) is $226 million compared to the total cost of about $610 million. Completion is scheduled for 2009 and will link up with other key infrastructure projects such as the East-West Highway crossing the Saigon River and the Thủ Thiêm and Phú Mỹ bridges. The 140 meter wide ex­pressway will allow for a maxi­mum speed of 120km / hour and contribute to the further development and integration of HCMC, Đồng Nai, Bình Dương and Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu ‘Southern Key Region’ economic triangle.

 

 

 

           Mỹ Thuận Expressway: In early 2007 the Mỹ Thuận Project Management Unit has sub­mitted to the transport minis­try an investment report on a planned expressway connect­ing Biên Hòa City of the south eastern province of Đồng Nai with the neighboring prov­ince of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu. The 72 km expressway would start in Biên Hòa, run in parallel with National Highway 51, and link to National Highway 51c of Vung Tau passing through the planned HCMC-Long Thành-Dầu Giây express­way and near the planned Long Thành International Airport, Mỹ Xuân B Indus­trial Park, and Phú Mỹ New Urban Township. The transport ministry has proposed that the project be divided into 2 phases: the first 48 km running from Biên Hòa to the Cái Mép-Thị Vải port complex, to be completed before 2010 requiring $137 million for building a 4 lane expressway; the second requiring $230 million to upgrade the first section into a 6 lane road and build the re­maining 24 km of road. Once completed the Biên Hòa­-Vũng Tàu road will be the second expressway in the southern focal economic zone and is expected to con­tribute greatly to the development of the economic triangle encompassing HCMC, Đồng Nai and Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu.

 

 

 

            Long An-Tan Son Nhat Highway: The CP ITA­-WAYS Company has been allowed to build a US$D400 million highway connecting Tan Son Nhat Airport to the centre of Long An Province. The new highway will cut the travel to only 30 minutes and allow ve­hicles traveling at a speed of 120km per hour.

 

 

 

           District 6 – Tan Son Nhat Road: In late 2007 the government approved the expansion of Luy Ban Bich and Tan Hoa Streets to 23 meters in width from 10 meters and to 4.84 kilometers in length. The road links Phu Lam Roundabout in District 6 towards the Tan Son Nhat Airport area in Go Vap District and requires more than USD$53.4 million.

 

 

 

            Beltway Ring Road Projects: HCMC government is seeking approval to rearrange 4 planned beltway roads into 3 according to the Department of Communication and Public Works. In early 2007 the Prime Minister endorsed the city's master plan to develop 4 beltway roads for 2020.

 

 

 

           Phnom Penh – Can Tho Highway: In late 2007 the government approved a project to build an expressway linking Can Tho and An Giang with Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

 

 

 

 

            Tien Giang-Nhon Trach Expressway: In late-2006 the People's Committee sought central government approval to build a 59km expressway linking Tien Giang Province's Trung Vong, through Long An Province's Ben Luc District and HCM City's Binh Chanh and Nha Be districts, to Dong Nai Province's Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts. The road will cost around USD$1.22 billion and allow cars to travel at 120km. The first stretch will cost USD$612 million, comprising 8 lanes reserved only for motor vehicles and without any intersections, which will shorten the time it takes to drive from the southern hub to Tien Giang to just 30 minutes from 90 minutes, and allow vehi­cles to travel at 120 kilometres per hour. The 65km route will begin at Binh Chanh district's Cho Dem intersection and end at Chau Thanh district's Than Cuu Nghia inter­section in Tien Giang. It is also part of the Ho Chi Minh City-Can Tho expressway pro­ject, Vietnam's first motorway network, which will run 82km through the provinces of Tien Giang, Dong Thap, Vinh Long and end in Can Tho. It will have seven intersections and 13 bridges and secondary facilities such as toll gates and management offices.

 

 

 

 

           Tien Giang-Nhon Trach Expressway: In late-2006 the People's Committee sought central government approval to build a 59km expressway linking Tien Giang Province's Trung Vong, through Long An Province's Ben Luc District and HCM City's Binh Chanh and Nha Be districts, to Dong Nai Province's Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts. The road will cost around USD$1.22 billion and allow cars to travel at 120km. The first stretch will cost USD$612 million, comprising 8 lanes reserved only for motor vehicles and without any intersections, which will shorten the time it takes to drive from the southern hub to Tien Giang to just 30 minutes from 90 minutes, and allow vehi­cles to travel at 120 kilometres per hour. The 65km route will begin at Binh Chanh district's Cho Dem intersection and end at Chau Thanh district's Than Cuu Nghia inter­section in Tien Giang. It is also part of the Ho Chi Minh City-Can Tho expressway pro­ject, Vietnam's first motorway network, which will run 82km through the provinces of Tien Giang, Dong Thap, Vinh Long and end in Can Tho. It will have seven intersections and 13 bridges and secondary facilities such as toll gates and management offices.

 

 

 

MASS RAPID TRANSPORT SYSTEMS-MRT

 

 

            Metro Rail Lines: It was expected that the first lines would be operational in 2010. However, delays are expected until funding from any of German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, French, Singaporean, Hong Kongese, etc ODA (Overseas Development Aid) sources is finalised. The Department of Communications and Public Works Department have completed the master plan for the lines which envisage an entire system of 4 metro routes stretching over 107 kilometres in total by 2020. Tile central terminus will be based in the Bến Thành-Hàm Nghi area of District 1.

 

 

 

 

 

In mid 2007, the China Shanghai Corporation for Foreign Economic and Technological Cooperation (SFECO Group), completed a pre-feasibility study for the city's 4th subway linking the downtown area with District 12. They propose developing the line from the central sta­tion at September 23rd Park near Ben Thanh Market and to the Thanh Xuan depot passing through Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The subway will have a to­tal length of 16.2km, with 13km running underground and 3.2km overhead. There will be 10 underground and 2 overhead including the central station in the Septem­ber 23rd Park and at the depot in District 12. The project will require an estimated $1.04 billion. The previ­ous plan foresaw the 4th subway with a total length of 12km. The Chinese investor plans to start work on the project by the end of 2009 and complete the project by the end of 2012. The HCMC Transport Development Masterplan to 2020 envisages 6 subways with a total length of 107km and 3 monorail lines with a total length of 37km costing an estimated $4 billion.

 

 

 

 

The 6 subway routes planned for 2020 : -

 

 

a)                Route 1: Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien

 

b)                Route 2: Ben Thanh-Tham Luong

 

c)                 Route 3. Ben Thanh-Mien Tay Coach Station

 

d)                Route 4: Go Vap six-way intersection-Khanh Hoi

 

e)                 Route 5: Saigon Bridge-Can Giuoc Coach Station

 

f)                 Route 6: Au Co-Luy Ban Bich-Phu Lam Traffic Circle

 

 

 

Among the plans set for the city's devel­opment till the year 2020, public transportation is the first priority. Within HCM City alone, there are 6 drafts of metro systems with the combined length of 107km and three monorails with 35.5km. Thus far, firms from Ja­pan, Germany, China and Russia are interested in the projects. The plan is divided into different phases. Phase 1 lasting to 2013 will focus on 3 metros, including Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien, Ben Thanh ­Tham Luong and Ben Thanh ­Mien Tay Coach Station. The 8.5km distance from Ben Thanh Market to Tham Luong Bridge and 4.5km of the Ben Thanh to Mien Tay Coach Station will be placed underground to prevent blocking the flow of business and traffic. The first metro, Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien, is worth US$1.09 billion. The project will be completed in 2013 and the metro will operate in the fol­lowing year. This metro will be 19.7km long, stretched mostly in HCM City and some in Binh Duong Province. The majority of capital for the project originated from the Japanese official develop­ment assistance (ODA) fund. Once completed, the metro will have 11 stations on the ground, three sub-stations, and one depot of 20 hect­ares. The projects on the second metro, Ben Thanh-Tham Lu­ong Bridge (District 12), and the third metro, Ben Thanh­ Mien Tay Coach Station, will be carried out by a German group. The total investment capital for both routes is over US$965 million, funded by the ODA capital of Germany, Austria and the ordinary capital resources of Asian Development Bank (ADB). ADB will also offer a non-repayment aid of US$1.7 million to the projects. By 2014, Ben Thanh-Tham Luong metro will start from Ham Nghi Street, then go on Pham Hong Thai, Cach Mang Thang Tam, Truong Chinh, and will end at Tham Luong Bridge. The total length of this route will be 10.2km, of which the 8.455km stretch from Ham Nghi to Ba Queo will be underground. The stretch along Tan Son Nhat Airport of 0.595km long will be on the ground while the rest, totaling 1.130km, will be raised above ground. There will be 11 stations, including 9 underground, 1 ground floor and 1 above. The third route, Ben Thanh-Mien Tay Coach Sta­tion, will start from Ham Nghi Street, go on Pham Hong Thai, Cach Mang Thanh Tam streets (the same stretch with the sec­ond route, but different in height), Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Hong Bang, Hung Vuong, Kinh Duong Vuong, and will end at Mien Tay­Coach Station. The total length will be 10.414km. There will be 11 stations, with 5 underground and 6 above ground. Both routes 2 and 3 will share two underground stations and one depot at Tham Lu­ong Bridge with the area of 25 hectares. However, the city needs plans to expand routes 2 and 3 so the ends at Tham Luong Bridge and Mien Tay Coach Station continue along Na­tional Highway 1a and the end at Ben Thanh over the Saigon River.

 

 

 

 

 

           Monorail: With a length of 21 km's from 23 September Park to Quang Trung Software Park; this project was approved by HCMC People's Committee in September of 2004. In February 2005, Marubeni and Hitachi companies finished the feasibility study report for the project and in 2007 Malaysia’s Berjaya Group announced plans to invest in both Quang Trung Software Park line and in one from HCM City to National Highway No 50 – which runs from the far side of Saigon South / Phu My Hung southwards, through Binh Chanh and into Long An.

 

 

 

In early 2008 the People's Committee allowed Thanh Danh Construction & Trading and Malaysia's Titanium Management to study the develop­ment of the Monorail Route No. 1 under the build-operate-transfer form. The Saigon-Cho Lon-Mien Tay monorail route will have a length of 12.5km with 23 stations. It will use the technology supplied by France's Translohr, with total invest­ment of USD$113 million.

 

 

 

           Tramways: From early 2005, HCMC authorities began looking for development aid from the French government to study the Saigon – Chợ Lớn – Miền Tây Station tramway as suggested by the Southern Consultancy and Design Traffic and Transportation Company. Departure of the project is the Western Coach Station and its destination is the Thủ Thiêm ferry with a length of 12 km's and 16 stations. Total invested capital is estimated about at $50 million.

 

 

The 3 tram or monorail routes planned for 2020 : -

 

 

• Tram Route No. 1: Saigon-Cho-Lon-Mien Tay Coach Station

 

• Monorail Route No. 2: Nguyen Van Linh-Phu My Hung New Town-Thu Thiem

 

• Monorail Route No. 3: Quang Trung Software City-Go Vap

 

 

 

AIR

 

      Airport: Tân Sơn Nhất is the main International airport will be expanded to handle 15-17 million passengers per year by 2010. The airport will be expanded by 30 hectares to accommodate 60 aircraft at a time – double the current capacity – and handle 11 million passengers this year. The new Japanese government funded international terminal opened in mid-2006 with 93,000 sq m at a cost of USD$245 million. The airport’s previous capacity was 7 million passengers per year. The Southern Airport Authority, following approval of the Prime Minister, have outlined a plan for a 2nd airport to serve HCMC and neighbouring provinces to be located at Long Thành. Đồng Nai province on a 5,000 ha site, approximately 35 km's from the Central Business District of HCMC. The new airport has an estimated cost of up to $8 billion and completion is expected in 2012 / 2013.

 

 

 

SEA

 

 

            Cát Lái Port: In the first quarter of 2005, Saigon New Port Company has inaugurated a new pier and three modern gantry cranes at its port in Cat Lai in HCMC's District 2. The relocation of ports will help reduce the number of container trucks passing through the inner-city area. Cát Lái Port is along the Dong Nai River, so it has no impact on infrastructure projects along the Saigon River. Together with Saigon Port, Sóng Thần Inland Clearance Depot (ICP), Nhơn Trạch container yard, there is a convenient service system for container shipping because of proximity to nearby industrial parks and export processing zones in HCMC, Bình Dương, Đồng Nai and Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu. In mid-2007 the upgrade of a 5.5 km road connecting the Cat Lai Ferry and East-West Highway was announced costing about USD$13 million. Road 25b will be widened to 27-60 meters from the current 10 meters and 2 new bridges on the road rebuilt: Giong Ong To; and My Thuy

 

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