The inauguration ceremony of Can Tho city's central bus station (Source: tienphong.vn)
Can Tho (VNA) - The People's Committee of Can Tho City put into operation the most modern bus station in the Mekong Delta on January 4.

The central bus station, which is more than 40,000sq.m, and constructed with total investment of about 200 billion VND (8,89 million USD), is located in an urban area in Hung Thanh ward, Cai Rang district.

The parking area for cars, which waits for picking up passengers, stretches over 6,000sq.m while the area for other vehicles covers 3,400m.sq. A 1000sq.m waiting room has been built to serve passengers.

The first-class station is managed by the Can Tho Ferry-Bridge Standage Joint Stock Company.

Nguyen Van Manh, the company's deputy director, said that 50 percent of buses and bus routes of transport businesses at the 91B Highway bus station in Ninh Kieu District have been officially shifted to the new bus station.

He said that as Can Tho City holds the role of a driving force in the Mekong Delta, the central bus station will link all means of public and inter-provincial transport, to satisfy the travelling demands of residents from the city and other localities in the region.

According to Lu Thanh Dong, director of the provincial transport department, in the near future, especially during Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, to ensure the travelling safety of locals, the department would direct bus stations to step up management and not allow unqualified coaches, as well as those with drunk drivers, to run.

Dong said that the second phase of the central bus station project will kick off this year. An additional six hectares worth VND200billion of investment will be constructed.

Once it is completed in 2020, the central bus station's area will be expanded to ten hectares with the loading capacity of nearly 40,000 passengers and 1,000 vehicles.-VNA