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Residents suffer inconvenience as many sidewalks repaved in Hanoi

Residents suffer inconvenience as many sidewalks repaved in Hanoi

Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 18:00 GMT+7
Residents suffer inconvenience as many sidewalks repaved in Hanoi
The sidewalk is dug up along To Hieu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Many sidewalks in Hanoi are being dug up and then repaved, affecting travel and business activities of local residents. 

The demand for travel and trade is high during the year-end period. Meanwhile, many sidewalks in Hanoi are being renovated, hindering such activities.

The sidewalk along To Hieu Street, which is a bustling street in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, was in disarray on Monday.

Old and new stone tiles, bricks, and cement piled up at the site.

As the work is incomplete, residents struggle to get in their houses and stores on the street.

The sidewalk is a construction site, affecting residents’ traveling and business activities. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The sidewalk is a construction site, affecting residents’ travel and business activities. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Minh Tu, a local resident, complained that she found it hard to have her motorbike parked on the sidewalk of To Hieu Street. She expected the job to be done quickly as the construction site was messy and is affecting locals’ lives.

Trang Nhung, a sales clerk of a store on the street, said the sidewalk had been dug up for a week but it has yet to be completely repaved.

It was dirty on rainy days. Customers also hesitated to enter the store, while she had to frequently clean the floor as mud from the sidewalk was tracked into the store, Nhung added.

Nguyen Van Huyen and Pham Van Bach Streets in Cau Giay District are facing the same fate, causing some delivery men to stand on the roadbeds to deliver goods to customers.

The sidewalks of Thai Thinh Street in Dong Da District and Giang Vo Street in Ba Dinh District are also being repaired.

On Tran Thai Tong Street in Cau Giay District, the sidewalk has been dug up and repaved since mid-October but some items remain incomplete.

Sand and stones were still piled up on the sidewalk as of Monday.

A resident pushes a baby carriage through an under-construction sidewalk section. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A resident pushes a baby carriage through an under-construction sidewalk section in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

This is not the first time Hanoi has repaved sidewalks. The city often does the job toward the end of the year.

Chairman of the administration of Cau Giay District Bui Tuan Anh explained that it took time to draw up and approve projects and their progress was specified in contracts.

The district had informed local residents of the execution time of such projects in advance so that they could take tailor their work, Anh added.

The district will try to complete the projects as fast as possible while ensuring the quality of the job, the official committed.

Workers repave a sidewalk. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Workers repave a sidewalk in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The People’s Committees of districts act as the investors of under-construction sidewalk paving and revitalization projects, according to Mac Dinh Minh, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Construction.

Pursuant to the law and the capital city’s directives, it is not compulsory to execute these projects at the end of the year. The construction depends on each district’s plan, Minh said.

A large heap of cement mixed with sand on a sidewalk, impeding locals’ traveling. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A large heap of cement mixed with sand on a sidewalk, impeding locals’ travel. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Students find it hard to take their electric bike through the sidewalk. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A student finds it hard to take his electric bike through the sidewalk. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A bus stop on Nguyen Van Huyen Street in Hanoi where the sidewalk is dug up. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A bus stop on Nguyen Van Huyen Street in Hanoi where the sidewalk is dug up. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Workers repave the sidewalk of Pham Van Bach Street in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Workers repave the sidewalk of Pham Van Bach Street in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The sidewalk of Tran Thai Tong Street in Hanoi on October 23, 2023. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The sidewalk of Tran Thai Tong Street in Hanoi on October 23, 2023. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Many items on the sidewalk remain incomplete as of November 20, 2023. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Many items on the sidewalk remain incomplete as of November 20, 2023. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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