Investment in an underground cabling system will be encouraged, Phan Lan Tu, Director, Ha Noi Department of Information and Communication tells Kinh te & Do thi (Economic and Urban Affairs).
According to Ha Noi's plan, by 2020 about 90 per cent of technical infrastructure inside the city and between 70-80 per cent in outlying districts will be buried in pipes underground. To achieve this target, what has your department done to ensure the target is achieved?
We have sent official letters to all precincts and districts in the city asking them to review existing infrastructure projects in their localities. They have also been asked to submit to Ha Noi Department of Information and Communications maps showing where they intend to move underground communications cables, power cables, water pipes and others communications lines.
Based on requirements from precincts and districts, we'll then send letters of invitation to enterprises in the city and ask them if they are interested in providing the services to move underground all cables and water pipes. Of course, after receiving letters of interest from the enterprises, we'll write a report to the city authority and they will make a final decision.
Enterprises offering to move cables and water pipes underground expect their work will be difficult as some authorities have made up their own rules. How do you respond to that?
Neither precinct or district authorities have the right to introduce their own rules as I have mentioned, the Ha Noi authority is encouraging enterprises to invest in the project.
Under current investment laws, if any underground infrastructure project uses the State budget, the underground project builder has the responsibility to recover funds and pay back the State. If the project is invested by an enterprise, that enterprise has the right to lease the underground infrastructure to users and collect fees.
Of course, before commencing the project, the investor (the enterprise) must obtain permission from Ha Noi Department of Construction and Department of Transport. Precinct and district authorities have a duty to make sure that the investor has a construction permit from city authorities.
Viettel Ha Noi is soon expected to submit a plan to the Ha Noi Department of Information and Communication to build more than 300km of underground technical infrastructure work in which to place its wires and cables underground.
What has the Ha Noi Department of Information and Communications done to raise people's awareness about the plan and show their support?
One of the capital city's goals for 2015 is to strengthen the management of underground projects and re-arrange the tangled mess of overhead power, phone and television cables and lines. Our department has adopted three main activities to help turn the plan into a reality.
Firstly, we have written explanations and produced CDs to distribute to grassroots communication systems to help people understand the city's plans.
Secondly, when we get specific guidelines from city authorities, we'll ask media agencies to launch a communication campaign to raise the people's awareness about the plan.
And finally, we'll organise culture and photo competitions about this year's theme "discipline and civilisation", particularly issues relating to the move of cable lines to underground. — VNS