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"Traffic Problems & Solutions"

The traffic in Ho Chi Minh city is getting increasingly heavy.

What are some of the causes of this problem and what are some possible solutions?

Traffic congestion is a problem experienced by many major cities around the world. Ho Chi Minh is no exception to this dilemma. In fact, traffic conditions continue to deteriorate in this city. The traffic issue in Ho Chi Minh is a consequence of two main problems.

Firstly, the main reason for the adverse traffic situation in Ho Chi Minh is the increase in population. Vietnam has seen a significant rise in its population, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City. In fact, Saigon has seen an even more substantial population explosion than other parts of the country. As a result, increasing pressure is placed upon transport infrastructure.

Unfortunately, transport infrastructure has not developed as quickly as the population in Vietnam. While much has been done, generally speaking the transport facilities in Saigon are deficient. For example, many important bridges have not been completed and quite often roads are not properly maintained. This problem is exacerbated by the number of cars on the roads today.

The best and perhaps only solution to this problem is the provision of better public transport services. The government must give serious consideration to some type of light or heavy rail system. Bangkok is a good example of how public transport systems can dramatically alter traffic problems. Ten years ago, traffic jams in Bangkok were commonplace. It is true that walking in parts of Bangkok was often faster than driving. The Thai government took up the challenge and built a sky rail above Bangkok's major highways. Today, people can travel quickly and comfortably through the centre of Bangkok at peak hour.

In summary, the most effective solution to the problem of increased traffic congestion in Ho Chi Minh City is definitely improved public transport. If the government invests in this important infrastructure, the people of Saigon will enjoy a more efficient, livable city.

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