The Prime Minister has approved a master plan for Ho Chi Minh City that calls for high-quality public transport that offers reasonable prices, convenience and safety.

The plan, which extends to 2020, also requires improvements in logistics services and reduced environmental pollution caused by all means of transport.

Buses, taxis and urban railways would cover 20-25 percent of transport demand.

Under the plan, ports along the Sai Gon River downtown will be moved, and several major seaports like Cat Lai, Nha Be and Hiep Phuoc will be built or upgraded.

The city will build five highways to adjacent provinces, together with three belt roads No 2, 3 and 4.

The plan calls for more than 34 bridges and one tunnel to be built under the Sai Gon River. An urban railway system will have 8 routes and will be built mostly underground downtown.

A rapid bus system will be set up with six routes, and five sky-roads will be built at a length of 71km with four lanes.

Tan Son Nhat airport will be upgraded to a capacity of 23.5 million passengers and 600,000 tonnes of cargo by the end of this year.

Total land for transport infrastructure in HCM City by 2020 will cover 22,305ha, or 22.3 percent of the city’s land fund.-VNA