|The intersection between Phan Thuc Duyen and Tran Quoc Hoan in Tan Binh District, lying on the gateway of Tan Son Nhat Airport, has frequent congestion at rush hours. Nearly 200 traffic police and traffic inspectors from the HCM City Department of Transport as well as members of the city's police task force 113 has began to patrol areas around the airport in an aim to control traffic congestion. — Photo nld.com.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Nearly 200 traffic police and traffic inspectors from the HCM City Department of Transport as well as members of the city's police task force 113 today began to patrol areas around the city's Tan Son Nhat Airport in an aim to control traffic congestion.
A representative of the city's traffic police force, which is coordinating the campaign with the Tan Son Nhat Airport Authority, said that regular traffic jams occurred at 19 points around the airport.
"To facilitate transportation for passengers and to restore traffic order in these areas is necessary," said a spokesman for the Tan Son Nhat Airport Authority.
According to the Southern Airport Authority, the airport has served over 20 million passengers this year, and the figure is expected to rise to a total of 25 million for the entire year.
The airport receives more than 2,000 vehicles per day, causing traffic congestion in areas around the airport from morning until evening.
To cope with the situation, traffic police will be present at the 19 most congested points from 6am to 10pm every day.
"When an incident occurs, traffic police will work with other forces to ease the congestion as quickly as possible," said a member of the traffic police.
Taxis and buses which park at no-parking positions will be fined or penalised.
The city's police force has also proposed building flyovers to ease congestion in these areas.
They also plan to ask traffic management agencies to adjust traffic signs and re-zone bus-stop stations in an aim to minimise the number of traffic jams. — VNS