Can Tho delays moving terminal to build park

Update: January, 20/2015 - 08:33
Can Tho Bus Station in Can Tho City. The city has failed to re-position the station in order to build a park. – VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai

CAN THO (VNS) — Leaders in the southern city of Can Tho planned to move a terminal to make space for a new park by the end of last year, but the building has not been moved.

Last April, the Can Tho City People's Committee asked the municipal Department of Transport to move Hung Vuong Terminal to Terminal 91B, nearly 4km away.

The Department of Transport allowed the 0.4ha terminal to operate until the end of last year and then move. However, the Can Tho Port and Ferry Joint Stock Company asked the department for permission to move on January 3 because it wanted to serve passengers on the occasion of the new year. Then the company proposed extending the deadline to February 25 to serve passengers during Lunar New Year, which will fall in the middle of February. Municipal authorities accepted the proposal.

Le Thuan Be, deputy director of the Can Tho Department of Transport, told Tien phong (The Vanguard) newspaper that the deadline was extended because passengers were familiar with the Hung Vuong Terminal, so changes at this time would create difficulties for both passengers and the company.

Chairman of the Can Tho People's Committee Le Hung Dung said that while the city could force the terminal to move, Lunar New Year was the peak month for the terminal's operations.

Uncompleted promise

In meetings of the Can Tho People's Council during past years, voters kept asking the municipal people's committee to move the terminal and build a park as it had promised.

Construction on the 3ha Terminal 91B, intended to replace Hung Vuong Terminal, started in 1995. The new terminal was also operated by the Can Tho Port and Ferry Joint Stock Company.

However, in 2009, the company used 2ha of Terminal 91B to set up an automobile driving training centre, delaying the move.

In 2013, voters from Ninh Kieu and Cai Rang districts continued to urge the municipal people's committee to implement its promise. The committee answered in a document released in February 2014 that the move would be completed by the end of the year. — VNS