HO CHI MINH CITY, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Many parts of the downtown of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City will become walking streets in the coming time, while four big multi-storey underground parking lots are scheduled to be built in the city, authorities said on Sunday.
Covering over 220 hectares, the walking streets will include parts of major streets and roads in the downtown area, such as Le Duan, Dong Khoi, Nguyen Du, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Pasteur, Hai Ba Trung and Mac Dinh Chi, the municipal Transport Department said, adding that the plan will be submitted to the city's leaders for approval in the second quarter of this year.
In April 2015, Nguyen Hue Street in Ho Chi Minh City became Vietnam's first pedestrian street. Besides many surveillance cameras installed at Nguyen Hue Square, special police in plain clothes frequently patrol along the street.
Ho Chi Minh City is calling for investors to construct four multi-storey underground parking lots with total investment of hundreds of millions U.S. dollars. The first car-park will be built in Le Van Tam Park, with an area of over 5,000 square meters, capacity of 2,000 motorbikes and 1,200 cars, and estimated investment of over 1,200 billion Vietnamese dong (53.8 million U.S. dollars).
The second will be constructed at Trong Dong Stage, with an area of over 47,000 square meters, capacity of 400 motorbikes and 890 cars, and investment of over 740 billion Vietnamese dong (33.2 million U.S. dollars). The third will be erected at Tao Dan Football Stadium, with an area of over 70,000 square meters, capacity of 900 motorbikes and 1,200 cars, and investment of over 1,000 billion Vietnamese dong (44.8 million U.S. dollars).
The fourth will be built at Hoa Lu Stadium, with an area of more than 23,000 square meters, capacity of 2,800 motorbikes and 2,500 cars, and investment of 3,419 billion Vietnamese dong (153.3 million U.S. dollars), said the department.