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Ha Noi to focus on its urban infrastructure projects

Update: July, 18/2012 - 14:38

HA NOI – The capital city would focus on 37 projects of urban infrastructure, including 14 transportation projects, Ha Noi Party Committee's deputy secretary Nguyen Cong Soai said yesterday.

Soai said at a meeting with the Ha Noi Transport Department that the department should focus on its key projects to 2015, set priorities for the city and avoid spreading its investments.

Last year, the city approved 37 key projects, with a total investment of over VND147 trillion (US$7 billion) for the 2011-2015 period.

Soai said the department should not only complete major traffic plans, continue improving the road network and limit personal transportation vehicles but should also concentrate on its transport infrastructure projects for better traffic management solutions.

Soai said that to promote progress, functional departments and districts needed to remove obstacles to site clearances and capital investment and also reform their administrative procedures.

Soai said a lot of infrastructure investment, especially in the field of transport, were not finished. Some road construction projects had failed to complete after 10-15 years, he said, adding that functional departments were not committed to speeding up the works and their lower branches couldn't do anything either. As a result, city projects had remained unfinished.

Also at the meeting, Ha Noi Transport department reported that some of its projects had fallen behind deadline due to difficulties with investment capital and land clearance.

The department said its efforts in consulting the city over transportation planning and development, directing specific traffic plans for different districts as well as changing school schedules had had good results.

The department said that in the last six months, the completion of lightweight bridges had helped ease the traffic congestion in the city.

It also said its implementation of synchronous solutions had reduced the congestion points from 124 to 78, improving the traffic situation in the city.

Besides projects till 2025, the city planned to continue the development of transport infrastructure by 2020. – VNS

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