The head of the Hanoi Party Committee has demanded that the resumption of tourist boats and other services in West Lake be shelved.
Dinh Tien Dung, secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, made this statement on Tuesday in response to the municipal People’s Committee’s plan on restoring tourist boats and other services in the lake.
The city’s Party leader asked relevant agencies to focus on relocating the remaining old tourist boats in West Lake, ensuring the general appearance of the area is appropriate.
When the capital city plans to restore the operation of tourist boats at a certain time in the future, it needs to take all related factors into account to ensure the sustainability of the water environment and protect the lake ecosystem, Dung said.
The Hanoi People’s Committee last week said that it was mulling over the resumption of tourist boats and other services in the lake.
Meanwhile, many aging tourist boats have been abandoned in the lake since 2017, affecting the cityscape and causing other environmental issues.
The municipal government issued draft regulations on the management of West Lake, which incorporates 12 types of services allowed in the lake, such as tourist boats, canoes, water bike services, SUP, kayaking, and other waterway services.
The Hanoi administration also plans to organize many cultural and tourism activities in West Lake, such as art and sports performances, hot-air balloon shows, and paragliding.