On the morning of February 12, at the program People asked – The government answered, representatives of voters and people in the area sent many questions to the leaders of the departments and branches in attendance. In it, one voter asked, with favorable natural conditions, what Ho Chi Minh City has been doing to develop waterway transport and tourism.
Responding to the above problem, Mr. Bui Hoa An, Deputy Director of the Department of Transport of Ho Chi Minh City, said, with about 1,000km of waterways, 83 600km of inland waterways and 5 national waterways, The potential for water transport and tourism in Ho Chi Minh City is huge.
Ho Chi Minh City is operating waterway bus route No. 1 (Bach Dang – Linh Dong), route No. 2 (Bach Dang – Lo Gom) and tourist transport routes from Bach Dang to Binh Duong, Tien Giang and Ben Tre. Mr. An said that the above routes are being exploited relatively effectively, contributing to reducing the load on road traffic.
In the coming time, in order to ensure the effective and sustainable development of waterway transport and tourism, the Department of Transport is submitting to the City People’s Committee to complete the legal planning procedures for 411 inland waterway terminals in districts, towns and cities. Thu Duc for people and businesses to have investment bases.
At the same time, Deputy Director of the Department of Transport of Ho Chi Minh City informed that the locality is preparing to operate the Saigon – Con Dao route, after the Con Dao route has completed the wharf investment. “This route can operate ships with about 500 passengers. This will be a highly effective tourist route,” said Mr. Bui Hoa An.
In addition, the Department of Transport has submitted to the City People’s Committee and the People’s Committee of Tien Giang province to open the route from Can Gio district (HCMC) to Go Cong Dong (Tien Giang province). The opening of the route has been preliminarily formed, awaiting the decision of the leaders of the two provinces. An shared that, after opening the Can Gio – Tien Giang route, the waterway in the south of Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the eastern and western provinces.
“From the above works, water tourism will develop well based on the legal foundation that the city has well prepared. We hope that businesses will pay more attention to investing in routes. of Ho Chi Minh City”, a representative of the Department of Transport emphasized.