|Street lights and decorations on a corner of Dien Bien Phu Street at night in Ha Noi. The city will be calling for tenders to hasten the completion of public service projects, including street lighting. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Giang
HA NOI (VNS)— The capital city plans to use the procurement method to hasten the completion of public service projects while helping to improve the project quality and save money for the State.
The Ha Noi Department of Construction has proposed the Ha Noi People's Committee to call for tenders for seven projects this year. These include transporting waste to the Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex, planting trees and grass along roads and building a street lighting system along the Phap Van-Cau Gie portion of National Highway 1.
In addition, the department will call for tenders for a number of projects in the 2015-2016 period, including the operation of the sewage treatment plant at the Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex and the management of 53 public steel toilets.
The projects are all ongoing public services that have not been implemented according to requirements or that have contracts that will soon expire, according to the Ha Noi Department of Construction. The bidding system aims to improve the quality of the projects and save money for the State.
The urban infrastructure system is currently overloaded, as existing landfills and waste treatment complexes fail to meet demand in the rapidly urbanising city. Moreover, many service suppliers have not yet implemented modern technology or management methods that would improve productivity and reduce labour costs.
In an interview with Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, a leader of the Ha Noi Department of Construction said the Ha Noi People's Committee had already approved cost norms for public services with the goal of eliminating irrational pricing. The decision, as well as the move to seek tenders for public service projects, reflects the country's ongoing transition to the market economy.
Annually, Ha Noi spends about VND4,000 billion ($190 million) from the state budget to pay for public services like wastewater treatment, environmental protection, tree planting and street lighting. The sum is divided evenly between the Ha Noi Municipal People's Committee and People's Committees in districts and precincts. — VNS