HCMC – The HCMC government is planning to set up several multi-story smart car-parking structures on a temporary basis to satisfy the parking demands.
The Department of Transport is looking for sites to set up smart parking structures, apart from continuing to collect roadside parking fees, Head of the Roads Management Center Ngo Hai Duong told the media on August 30.
There are several suitable locations for smart parking structures in the city, including 23-9 Park, Le Van Tam Park and Tao Dan Park. If feasible, it won’t take too long to seek approval from the HCMC People’s Committee.
The parking structures won’t take up much space, will have low operating and installation costs and can be easily installed and upgraded.
“We can increase the number of parking spaces by assembling the parking blocks together,” Ngo Hai Duong added.
In 2017, the HCMC People’s Committee rejected proposals on setting up multi-story parking lots in the parks and vacant land in the city. The authority encouraged investors to build parking garages at the city’s gateways.
More than 10 years ago, HCMC planned to build four underground parking lots in Trong Dong Theater area, Le Van Tam Park, Tao Dan Park and Hoa Lu Stadium. However, none of them have been executed due to a lack of investment.
The central area of HCMC has currently suffered a serious lack of parking spaces. The number of parking lots here only meets some 7% of the demand.
Many roads and sidewalks, especially in the city center, have been turned into motorbike and car parking lots, causing problems for traffic safety and urban order.