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Da Nang to pay for citizens' ideas

Update: September, 29/2015 - 17:27
A corner of central Da Nang at night. — Photo danang.gov.vn
DA NANG — Central city Da Nang authority is willing to pay citizens for ideas to improve the city's environment and image or at least search of investors to fund these ideas.

The Da Nang's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said last Saturday that it had been working in collaboration with other departments to implement ideas of citizens to develop the city's tourism industry, the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspapers reported.

Chairman of the city's People's Committee Huynh Duc Tho said that citizens were encouraged to contribute ideas via email. These ideas then would be forwarded to the respective departments for further study.

Tho said the city is willing to pay for good ideas including, but not limited to, those that improved traffic safety, public security and the city's landscapes.

Earlier last month, the chairman had ordered the implementation of several ideas contributed by citizens such as popularising ballet shuttlecock, building software to sell tickets to sport events and other projects aimed to enhance the city's image and boost tourism.

Young citizens contributed numerous ideas to the chairman's email and the city's urban management department's Facebook page.

Launched as a channel for citizens to voice their concerns over the city's infrastructure issues, it soon became a way for people to contribute their ideas to make the city a better place.

One of the successful examples was manhole covers made of composite, which was able to stop both garbage from coming in and sewer stench from coming out.

Young engineers came up with the idea after numerous complaints and reports that broken manhole covers had become a source of traffic hazard.

Deputy Head of the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Tran Chi Cuong said a number of ideas contributed by citizens are being studied and improved upon for implementation.

He said there were a lot of great ideas but the city must choose to implement those that were feasible and practical.

Ideas such as operating a city tour with double-decker buses and planting myrtle roads are already in implementation stage.

Cuong said the city encourages citizens to chip in with even more ideas to further develop its tourism potential.

"We are ready to offer compensation for good ideas by citizens. Our policy is to reward and recognise the efforts of those who contribute ideas to the city," he said. — VNS

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