HCM CITY — Three-fourths of high-rise buildings in downtown HCM City lack adequate parking space, according to the city's Department of Transport.
|A view of Vo Van Kiet Road in HCM City's District 1. Three-quarters of the high-rise buildings in the city centre lack adequate parking space, the city's Department of Transport stated in a report. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai
The Department of Construction recently inspected all 79 buildings in the area and found 65 of them not able to provide parking space for tenants and visitors, the director of the Department of Transport, Tran Quang Phuong, said.
As a result, vehicles were parked on the pavement, impeding traffic, he told a People's Council meeting held last week to discuss this year's traffic-safety activities.
The city considers 2012 the year in which to change people's awareness of traffic rules and safety.
Of the nearly 2,400 parking lots in HCM City, 1,400 are on pavements. The increasing number of private vehicles means traffic congestion is worsening.
There are around 5 million motorcycles and more than 500,000 automobiles in the city now.
Earlier this year the People's Committee ordered district authorities and the Department of Construction not to issue construction licences to buildings and apartments without adequate parking space.
The Department of Construction blames the lack of parking space in the buildings on their failure to conform to the original design and the norms prevalent when they were licensed based on a 1996 decree.
It has become clear that buildings licensed based on standards set in the 1996 decree cannot meet parking needs.
Most people working in buildings that do not have parking lots and visiting them are forced to park their bikes and cars in public parking areas nearby.
But construction of several proposed underground parking lots was very slow or has stalled because of procedural problems, Phuong said.
Le Toan, deputy director of the department, said however two of them would be finished this year following the long delay due to red-tape.
They will be built under Le Van Tam Park and Trong Dong Stage, both in District 1, offering space for 3,500 motorbikes and 4,900 cars.
Of the eight originally planned in the city, only four will actually be built, including two others beneath Tao Dan Park and Hoa Lu Stadium.
The department wants District 1 authorities to ensure parking lots are built in buildings that came up before 1975.
They should not be allowed to use pavements for parking, the department said, adding the authorities should ensure basements are used for parking as stipulated in their licences and not for other purposes. — VNS