HCM CITY — Many unauthorised roadside markets continue to obstruct traffic in HCM City although Safety Traffic Year 2012 is under way around the country.
|Street hawkers display their wares on sidewalks, causing traffic jams on a street in Linh Xuan Ward, Thu Duc District, HCM City. Many unauthorised roadside markets continue to obstruct traffic. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Phan
Most of these impromptu markets are in suburban areas in Districts 7, 9, Thu Duc, Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Go Vap, Binh Chanh, and Hoc Mon, which are densely populated by migrants coming from other provinces to work in industrial parks.
They spring up at 5pm, when the afternoon shift is over.
In front of the Linh Trung Export Processing Zones No.1 and 2 in Thu Duc District, for instance, hawkers selling food items like pork, beef, fish, and vegetables gather, displaying their goods on the roadside.
Scores of buyers congregate too, hindering the rush-hour traffic and ignoring the dangers it poses.
The worst traffic jams are caused on Huynh Tan Phat Street in front of the Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in District 7, the streets around Tan Tao IP in Binh Chanh District, and Road No. 80 around Vinh Loc IP in Binh Tan District.
In the city, Le Van Tho, Le Duc Tho, Thong Nhat, and Duong Quang Ham streets in Go Vap District and Mai Van Ninh Street in Tan Binh District are the worst affected.
Tran Trong Tuan, chairman of the Binh Chanh District People's Committee, said the roadside markets were causing traffic jams on Road No. 80 and Quach Dieu Street.
"Though there are many licensed traditional markets around the city, many people buy from these street vendors because it is much quicker and more convenient for them to buy something while sitting on their motorbikes," he said.
District and ward authorities have urged people to go to the traditional markets and imposed fines on vendors who displayed or sold their goods on the roadside, he added.
Nguyen Van Be, general director of the Linh Trung EPZs, said last year eight accidents were reported on the roads around the EPZs, which employ 92,000 workers.
Be said no effective measure has been taken by the city authorities to punish the vendors who cause severe traffic jams in front of Linh Trung EPZ No. 1.
To prevent these unauthorised markets from expanding or taking root, Thu Duc District authorities have warned away the hawkers and stopped issuing licences for fresh food stalls around traditional markets since the street vendors buy from them.
They have also speeded up construction of supermarkets and convenience stores selling essential goods in residential areas.
According to the city Department of Industry and Trade, it is a sign of success that authorities have been able to halve the number of unplanned markets in the city from a decade ago to just 160 now. — VNS