|Bach Dang Wharf in HCM CIty. The city's Department of Transport has submitted a proposal to the People's Committee to open two passenger waterway routes. — Photo southvacc.com
HCM CITY (VNS) — The HCM City Department of Transport has submitted a proposal to the People's Committee to open two passenger waterway routes, according to Le Hoang Minh, deputy director of the department.
The city's first waterway routes with a total investment cost of VND128 billion (US$5.8 million) would be developed by Thuong Nhat Company under the Build- Operate-Own (BOO) mode, Minh said.
The first route, with a length of 10.8km, will run from Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 on the Sai Gon River to the Thanh Da-Binh Quoi Peninsula and stop at Linh Dong terminal in Thu Duc District.
The route would have seven boat terminals to receive passengers.
The second route, also with seven terminals, will run from Bach Dang Wharf to Lo Gom Canal in District 6.
With a length of 10.3km, it will run along Sai Gon River to Ben Nghe and Tau Hu canals and stop at Lo Gom Canal.
The preparation process for the construction of terminals and stations has been completed.
If the waterway routes are approved, the investor will build all terminals as well as Linh Dong and Lo Gom stations and part of the central station this year, Minh said.
The investor will also buy 10 boats with a capacity of 60 passengers by 2020.
The waterway routes are expected to open next year. — VNS