Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The Việt Nam Fatherland Front Committee, Youth Union and Student Support Centre have gifted bus tickets to 5,000 disadvantaged students and workers for returning home for Tết (Lunar New Year).
Of them, 4,000 are from central provinces while the rest are from Đà Nẵng and Hà Nội.
This is the 14th year of the charity programme, and the organisers spent VNĐ3.5 billion (US$1.56 million).
Đinh La Thăng, the city Party Committee Secretary, and other city leaders met with the students, who returned home on Tuesday, and gave them gifts and Tết ‘lucky money’.
The workers will leave later.
For the Sài Gòn Railway Station, the peak Tết season has begun.
Đỗ Văn Quang, director of the Sài Gòn Railway Transport Joint Stock Company, said there would be 18 - 20 trains and 12,000 - 16,000 passengers every day between January 17 and 26.
There would also be an increase in the number of trains to Quảng Ngãi, and fares would remain unchanged until January 26, he said.
However, at the Eastern Bus Station, fares to Huế and northern provinces began rising on Tueday.
From January 21 fares to the central provinces of Phú Yên, Quảng Nam and Bình Thuận and Đà Nẵng will increase by a whopping 60 per cent.
The inspectorates of the Departments of Transport and Finance will check fares to prevent illegal hikes, deputy chief inspector of the transport department, Lê Hồng Việt, said.
It would also inspect all buses leaving bus stations to ensure they do not have more passengers than permitted and have all safety equipment, he said.
The bus station has promised to provide good seats and collect only permitted fares. — VNS