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Ancient city to provide environment-friendly public vehicles

Update: November, 17/2016 - 09:00
Environment-friendly vehicles are a favourite with Hội An visitors. — VNS Photo Công Thành
Viet Nam News

Hội An  — The ancient city of Hội An will launch three routes of public battery-powered cars to serve tourists, starting in January, Vice Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyễn Văn Sơn confirmed to Việt Nam News.

Sơn said it’s the first stage of a pilot project to boost environment-friendly public transport in the tourism hub of central Việt Nam.

He said the city will use 50 six and eight-seat cars to shuttle between the Tân An public car park to the old town and favourite beaches of An Bàng and Cửa Đại.

Sơn said the project will also help reduce car pollution in the UNESCO-recognised world heritage city.

He said the city would consider using solar power panels on the battery-powered cars in the second stage of the project.

Since 2002, Hội An has earmarked several streets for pedestrian and non-engine vehicles to reduce noise and ensure people’s safety in the old quarter, where most foreign tourists use bicycles.

The city also plans to provide 100,000 bicycles for residents’ use in order to become the first eco-city in Việt Nam.

Earlier this year, the UNESCO-recognised world heritage city of Hội An, and Naha City, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, agreed to commence the third phase of the Eco-city Achievement Support Project.

Last year, Hội An began the first trial of a public van route connecting major destinations, with funding from the Japan Fund for Global Environment.— VNS

A battery-powered car system in Đà Nẵng City. The ancient city of Hội An plans to launch three routes of battery-powered cars to serve tourists. — VNS Photo Công Thành


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