|A view of Cat Lai Port in HCM City. The city plans to turn the port into a modern complex. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh
HCM CITY (VNS) — Roads connecting Cat Lai Port with the road networks in the area are being built as HCM City seeks to turn the port in District 9 into a modern facility.
The dearth of a good road system was the main cause of frequent traffic jams at the port, the city Department of Transport said in a recent report.
Speaking at a meeting with city leaders on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Cat Lai Port Authority said the increase in cargo handled made Nguyen Thi Dinh Road leading to the port overloaded.
As of July 20, the port had handled 45 million tonnes of goods this year as against 46.6 million tonnes planned for the whole year. On average, it receives 14,000 trucks and other vehicles every day. The huge increase in cargo means container trucks have to queue up to load and unload, causing congestion on Nguyen Thi Dinh Road.
The increasing traffic on HCM City's Beltway No 2 after the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway was opened recently has worsened the congestion.
The Cat Lai Port Authority has asked the city to build a road running from the port to nearby Phu Huu Port and widen Nguyen Duy Trinh Road to facilitate movement of cargo to Phu Huu, which can share the burden currently shouldered by Cat Lai Port.
Addressing the meeting, Le Hoang Quan, the Chairman of the city People's Committee, said since it is difficult to raise funds for infrastructure, the authority has to build the link road itself.
The city would sell 20ha of land in Phu Huu Port to Cat Lai for it to resell and raise money to invest in infrastructure, he said.
He instructed relevant departments and agencies to speed up works required for developing Cat Lai into a modern port complex and District 2 and 9 authorities to co-operate with property investors along new roads to improve infrastructure in the area.
According to Sai Gon New Port Corporation, the operator of Cat Lai Port, last year 3,600 ships berthed at the port to load or unload 3.6 million TEUs, up 13 per cent from 2013. The port also handled some 300,000 TEUs transferred from Cai Mep Port in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
Cat Lai led the country in terms of cargo volumes handled.
It was ranked among the 34 largest and most modern container ports anywhere in the world.
In 2015 the port is expected to handle 4.45 million twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo, including 4.1 million TEUs of container cargo. —VNS