An Suong-An Lac toll station to suspend collecting fees during Tet

30-Jan-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 8:40 AM Print This Post

Toll fee collection at HCM City’s An Suong-An Lac toll station will be suspended from 2 p.m. on February 4 to 6 a.m. on February 8 owing to the Lunar New Year holiday, Nguyen Hong Ninh, director of Infrastructure Development Investment Joint Stock Company (IDICO), which operates the station, told a press briefing yesterday, Thanh Nien Online reported.

IDICO, the People’s Committee of Binh Tan District in HCM City and other departments and agencies held the press briefing to answer questions about the toll station upon suggestions the tollgate should have expired now.

Ninh noted that essential legal documents had been prepared to provide information on the toll station project to drivers and local residents. The duration of toll collection for the project, which was developed under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) format, will expire by January 2033, Ninh said, referring to a document coded No.1423/KL-TTCP dated June 6, 2017, issued by the government Inspectorate, related to the An Suong-An Lac BOT contract.

The investment and management of overpasses are part of the BOT project, which aims to ease traffic congestion at intersections in the area. Therefore, drivers have to pay toll fees when they travel on the overpasses or even on roads under them, Ninh remarked in response to complaints by drivers.

After a road section of the National Highway 1 running through An Suong-An Lac was expanded, the surging traffic density on this road caused serious traffic congestion at the intersections.

In addition, the State Audit of Vietnam will inspect the An Suong-An Lac BOT project this year, and the toll collection period will then be worked out appropriately.

Reports issued by the municipal Department of Transport show that the prime minister approved a proposal for building the BOT road project in 2000. The planned road was to be 13.6 kilometers long and 36.2 meters wide, with total investment exceeding VND830 billion at the time.

The project was put into service in late December 2004, and toll collections began on January 2, 2005, to recover the investment capital over a period of 145 months.

Speaking at the meeting, Nguyen Thanh Phong, deputy head of Binh Tan District Police, remarked that the police had handled 31 cases where drivers had stopped illegally, parked their vehicles at prohibited sites or were disruptive and uncooperative with the competent agencies at the toll station.


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