Parking lots still a pressing problem for Hanoi

It’s only the beginning of the morning but the parking lots on Phuong Mai street in Hanoi are full.

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A parking lot under Vĩnh Tuy Bridge on Minh Khai Street.

Big hospitals are located on this street like the Hanoi French Hospital, Bach Mai Hospital, the National Geriatric Hospital and the National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology, and huge numbers of people visit these hospitals every day.

Tuyet, a resident of Hoang Liet ward, who had to go to Bach Mai Hospital twice in two days for check-ups, couldn't find a private parking lot outside the hospital to park her bike.

“It was hot and stuffy, I couldn’t be more patient to find a parking place so I didn’t go in for the check-up,” Tuyet said.

Pham Trong Khuyen, who works at the gate of Bach Mai Hospital, said that the parking area was full every day.

At the Central Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, the situation is slightly different. Most of the sidewalks are used as parking for motorcycles and cars.

At the entrance gate on Trieu Quoc Dat street, all the sidewalks are full of motorbikes and bicycles.

Vu Ba Luy, head of the security guard team at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said only employees of the hospital are allowed to park inside.

“There’s not enough room,” he said.

Meanwhile, owners of private parking lots outside the hospitals would charge much higher than municipal regulations allow.

The usual parking fee for motorbikes is 5,000 VND (nearly 20 US cents) from 6am to 6pm, and 8,000 VND (about 3 US cents) from 6pm to 6am. But people often have to pay 10,000 VND every time they park their bikes during the daytime.

Phan Thu Hoai, a Hanoi resident, said she didn’t have a choice so she accepted to pay the inflated fees.

 

Due to lack of parking spaces, especially in central areas of the capital, many roads and sidewalks in the city have been turned into motorbike and car parking lots, causing problems for traffic safety and urban order.

Hanoi currently has about 6.5 million vehicles of all kinds, not to mention special-purpose vehicles and those coming from other provinces. The growth rate of the vehicles is about 10 percent for cars and 6.7 percent for motorcycles each year.

Meanwhile, land reserves for urban transport and construction grow slowly, which leads to overloading for the city’s infrastructure system, especially in downtown areas.

It is estimated the city will need 1,400ha for the development of static traffic works by 2030. This is a real challenge given constrained land funds.

Hoan Kiem district has the smallest natural land area in Hanoi (4.53 million sq.m) with nearly 200,000 motorcycles and 17,000 cars. These vehicles need more than 1 million sq.m for parking. There are now more than 300 licensed parking lots, mostly on roadways and sidewalks, but they meet only 14 percent of demand.

The municipal People's Committee has prescribed 56 roads banned from parking bicycles, motorbikes, cars on sidewalks and roads to rectify the situation of arbitrary parking on the roadbed or sidewalk.
Experts have said Hanoi needs to consider granting permits for temporary parking lots at pending project land lots, as well as partially using wide sidewalk areas for parking.

Nguyen Duc Toan, deputy head of Traffic Infrastructure Management Unit of the Hanoi Department of Transport, said the construction of parking lots in the city is underway.

He said that the city’s transport department had proposed the People's Committee allow the organisation of parking storage in confiscated land areas and project land that has not been inaugurated yet.

In addition, the Department of Transport has reported to the People's Committee to approve the list of roads and streets wide enough to be eligible for parking./.VNS

HCM City struggles to sell underground parking lots idea to investors

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The HCM City Department of Transport has warned that the shortage of public parking space is worsening because building parking lots is expensive and returns on them are low.

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