City-Can Tho rail route to wrap up in 2020
HCM CITY — A new railway
line linking HCM City and the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Can Tho will
become operational in 2020, under a major project initiated by the Ministry of
The rail route will be
150-200 km long, and could be a direct link with no stop in between, as
suggested by the Southern Transport Research and Development Centre.
The centre has also called
for an early announcement about site clearance for the railway, so residents
will have enough time to prepare for resettlement.
The railroad is part of a
plan to develop multiple links between HCM City and Can Tho, including roads and
Road links envisaged by
the plan will have Highway 1A and a new expressway linking the city and the
province by 2010.
Many waterway routes
connecting HCM City with the southernmost province of Ca Mau, Kien Giang
Province’s Kien Luong District and Long An Province’s Moc Hoa District are
also expected to open in 2010.
Planners are hoping the
opening of several routes by road, water and rail between the city and the
Mekong Delta provinces will help develop transportation in the region, ease
traffic congestion and promote commerce.
They expect that by 2020,
transportation of goods by waterways will account for 50 per cent, by roads, 35
per cent and by railway, 15 per cent.
Passengers using road
routes will make up 63 percent, and those using the railway and waterways will
account for 30 per cent and 7 per cent respectively. — VNS