|Nguyen Van Cu Street. — Photo chinhphu
HA NOI (VNS)— A 1.5km road connecting Nguyen Van Cu Street in Ha Noi's Long Bien District to the left bank of the Red River would waste millions of dollars if built according to plan, Viet Nam Television reported on Wednesday.
Local citizens said the project was designed to cross over a residential area in a U-shape instead of cutting through a patch of nearby agricultural land, even though the latter plan would save the State millions of dollars in compensation and relocation costs.
"Moving one household costs between US$100,000 and US$250,000. Moving a hundred households would cost the State millions of dollars," said local resident Vo Van Ba.
In light of the report, the Ha Noi People's Committee organised a meeting on Thursday to discuss the project with the city's Department of Planning and Architecture, Institute of Construction Planning, Department of Transport and the Long Bien People's Committee.
Modifying the road to avoid crossing over the residential area would affect the planning for the whole area, requiring other projects to be adjusted, deputy director of the city's Department of Planning and Architecture Ngo Quy Tuan told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper.
The road is part of an urban planning project approved by the city's authority in 2005 and approved by the Government in 2011.
Chairman of the city People's Committee Nguyen The Thao ordered the Long Bien People's Committee to co-operate with the above agencies to review the trajectory of the new road and report the result to the city's authority before November 15. — VNS