The city is not smart

I was born in Nha Be. The distance of more than 18 km from home to work in District 1 in the past few years has been nothing compared to the continuous work. Every day, it only takes me 30-40 minutes to work.

And now, the same way, the travel time is one or one and a half hours, and much harder. At 7 am on a normal day, the sun is already burning, we - the poor citizens scramble to the station from Tan Quy junction inching up in Kenh Te Bridge, one of the three arterial bridges connecting the whole activities of southern residents to the city.

I often witnessed someone trying to stop cars to swear, asking the driver to return the lane to the motorbike when two cars lined up to block the width of the bridge; or the snobbish motobike to climb a sidewalk, which already has a controlled base of sandwiches and stalls, only a gap is enough for a motorbike to slip through.

Time spent on the bridge was enough for me to listen to the whole young couple's argument about money from the car, or collect more than 10 spring songs from another car. Once, when I was in a rush, I desperately followed some people to turn into a small alley in order to escape, but it was really just to know that: there was no way out here.

On lucky day, we crossed the bridge about 500 m in 15 minutes, the unlucky day took half an hour buried in the whistle, the sound of the engine and the smoke of gasoline, in the sunshine for up to 40 days. Celsius, sticking to the saddle of the scorched car, sweat crawling from my ears to my cheeks, listening to the screams, and telling myself not to let those annoying sounds ruin a day so many things are waiting.

You will ask, "whoever knows what is stuck and who rushes into that place", please say because there is no way. You said that because the bridge is being renovated by authorities to widen 2m horizontally, that's why. It's true that it was repaired in mid-last year with a promise to be completed by the end of the year. Nearly a year after the promise, the project is still under construction. And fixing the bridge will only make the traffic jam worse.

The flow of people motionless every morning on the arterial bridges is the specific picture of traffic infrastructure bottlenecks, which is also the bottleneck of the economy. Traffic congestion has become a specialty of the roads from south to district 1 for the past few years and is getting worse.

In October 2017, I was delighted to hear that the place I lived in began to transform myself into a "smart city" even though HCMC was ranked last in 12 Southeast Asian cities in terms of competitiveness and quality of life. . In this project, one of 10 problems to be solved on the road towards "intelligence" is to improve the transportation network.

At the Conference on the development of the Southern key economic region, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc commented that this economic region had shown signs of slowing growth. An important cause is the impediment of infrastructure and transportation of the region. Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan also said that "the development of infrastructure and transportation in the region is not stable". He cited that in the city, there are 2.1 km of every square kilometer while the standard must be 10 km, "every 5 years, the city adds one million people, the number of motorbikes is increasing equivalent. making traffic difficult ". On the other hand, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The concurs that urban transport is a "serious bottleneck" of this key economic region.

Because roads, bridges and roads to support traffic from District 7 to District 2, District 4 and District 8 must exist before hundreds of real estate projects spring up in this area. Because if the promises to build bridges and build roads to rescue the southern part of the city - had been made nearly ten years ago - were fulfilled, things would have been different.

Last week, while moving in my stream, I suddenly heard the boy's voice nearby: "Why don't you run up to the sidewalk over there?" For the first time, I felt indignant about something that wasn't mine. Why is driving on the sidewalk remembered by an elementary student as a way to "advise" their parents? Definitely not a lesson from the textbook.

Before the city became intelligent in the sense that policymakers were using it, its citizens were "smart" up their way. Is smart city affordable when a child tells his father to climb up on the sidelines?

Because with the current infrastructure, there must be a lot of intelligence like that for people to survive in this city?

Phong Vinh