|The photo shows a corner of Hang Dao street in the Old Quarter. It is one of 11 walking streets that are likely to be payed with natural stone instead of cement bricks. — VNS Photo Doan Tung
HA NOI (VNS) — The People's Committee of Hoan Kiem District has proposed to the Ha Noi People's Committee that all road surface in 11 walking streets in the Old Quarter be paved with natural stone instead of cement bricks.
The streets include Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Duong, Dong Xuan, Hang Giay, Hang Buom, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hang Giay, Da Duy Tu, Ta Hien and Ma May.
The district committee said that the 11 walking streets were attracting many foreign visitors. Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Dong Xuan and Hang Duong were opened as walking zones every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening in 2008. The others opened last year.
The proposal aims to improve the streets, making them easier to navigate so they could serve tourists and locals better, the district committee said.
If the capital People's Committee gives the green light, the district committee will implement and finish the task by next year.
After receiving the proposal, vice-chairman of the capital's People's Committee, Nguyen Quoc Hung, ordered the city's transport department, the construction department and the district People's Committee to assess the proposal's feasibility.
In 2011, a stretch of Ta Hien Street was paved with natural stone. There was no guttering, just drainage holes.
Le Thu Thuy, a resident in Ta Hien Street, said the natural stones seemed to be okay on sunny or dry days, but added that they were slippery when it rained.
Another resident in Ta Hien Street said that the stretch often flooded during heavy rain because there was not enough street drainage.
Pham Sy Liem, deputy president of the Viet Nam Federation of Civil Engineering Association, told VTV1 that the proposal was unsuitable unless better drainage was provided. — VNS