|A section of the Tham Lương - Bến Cát - Nước Lên canals. — Photo thanhnien.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — HCM City’s Department of Planning and Investment has petitioned the city’s People’s Committee to approve a project to build roads along the Tham Lương - Bến Cát - Nước Lên canals under a Build – Transfer (BT) contract.
On each side of the canals, the road will be more than 31km long and 12m wide, with two 7m lanes for motor vehicles and two 5m lanes for non-motorised vehicles. Sidewalks will be 8m wide.
The road will run through districts Bình Chách, 8, 12, Bình Tân, Tân Bình, Gò Vấp and Bình Thạnh.
The road will extend from Nuớc Lên Canal to the Vàm Thuật – Sài Gòn Estuary.
The investors, Phương Nam Joint-Stock Company and Pacific Investment Joint-Stock Company, will be responsible for the capital and the city’s People’s Committee will provide land from the city’s land fund.
To ensure smooth flow of traffic, the city’s Department of Transport said the roads should be at least 14m wide, not 12m as proposed.
The project, expected to begin this year and be completed in 2019, will cost about VNĐ3.5 trillion (US$156 million). — VNS