The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has decided to invest VND 2 trillion (US$90 million) in two river dredging projects to improve transportation on its waterways.
Local media report the committee has approved two projects in District 9 to improve the capacity of its waterways to transport cargo and reduce the pressure on roads.
The first project, worth about US$38.6 million, is to dredge two canals linking the Kinh and Môn rivers and the Bà Đa-Giáng canal. It includes building two bridges along Long Thuận Street and Long Thuận Street Extension.
The second scheme, estimated at $51.6 million, includes the dredging of the Tac River and the construction of a new Truong Phuoc Bridge. It is expected to reduce the number of vessels on the Saigon River.
The city hopes to develop a port system aligned with its road and waterway system for easier transportation and improved logistics. The government expects work on the projects to start later this year, before being completed in 2019.