HCMC plans ports and wharves in center
HCMC - HCMC authorities are planning ports and wharves in the city center to meet the needs for river tourism development and road traffic congestion reduction.
The HCMC People’s Committee Office said last Friday that the city government had assigned the Department of Transport to coordinate with other relevant agencies to urgently review and recommend locations downtown for ports and wharves to develop water taxi and river cruise services.
The city government asks planners to take into careful consideration elements such as urban landscape, safety and connectivity between road and river traffic; investment plans; and types of investment.
Hydrofoils and restaurant boats were previously allowed to use the downtown Bach Dang Wharf but they have moved to the Saigon Port area near the Nha Rong Wharf in District 4 since late March 2015. The city is working on a project to renovate the Bach Dang wharf.
In June, the city will put into operation the first river bus route connecting the Bach Dang Wharf, District 1 and Thu Duc District. Therefore, ports and wharves in the city center should be planned to ensure the success of the forthcoming river bus service.