|A construction project in Tan Phu District, HCM CIty. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Untidy pavement recklessly covered by rocks, gravel, water pipes along with electricity wires lying in disorder after construction can be easily seen on many HCM City's streets on these year-end days. Repaired roads of utility projects which were left unfinished before New Year have plagued the aesthetic beauty of the city while the local residents complain that these works have caused a nuisance to their daily lives.
Since the beginning of November, nineteen roads in districts 5, 6, 11 have been dug out to install a drainage system and revise old channels in an attempt to address flooding in the city.
Barriers have been erected for construction work, which causes chaos for traffic during rush hour.
Locals on Tan Thanh Ward's Luy Ban Bich Street showed their anger over broken water pipes caused by workers while they were installing underground electricity wires. The construction company failed to fix the pipes, only covering them with soil to evade their responsibilities.
Do Ngoc Giang, deputy director of Tan Phu electricity company, said that Nguyen Loc Thinh construction and trade limited company asked to dig pavement on Luy Ban Bich Street to install electricity wires for a wedding restaurant but has yet to be allowed. However, the workers sneakily executed the work at night.
A regulation issued by the municipal People's Committee last year mandates that companies must restore dug pavements and road surfaces within 48 hours after construction. In fact, many units still evade this regulation.
Do Xuan Hop Street, which is under construction, is home to a rice seller who complained that she could earn VND1.5million (US$67) per day when there is no construction work. Now she can only earn tens of hundreds of thousands dong as customers hesitate to thread through sewage pipes.
Careless road excavation still continues through the years despite the efforts of inspectorates to crack down on violations. According to the municipal transport department, until the end of this year, there are 60 works under construction in the city.
Inspectors of HCM City's transport department said that during two weeks from November 20 to December 4, they imposed administrative punishment on 45 violations with total fines of VND271 million ($12,045). Among those, 27 cases have had the delayed road restored.
Tackling careless road excavation remains slow and ineffective. Each sector has reasons for its project and insists that its work is urgent, said Tu Minh Thien, a member of HCM City's People's Council.
Project finance is usually approved in the final months of the year so many projects are implemented at this time, he said.
To address traffic jams at construction works during the upcoming holidays, the execution team will finish construction on every 70 to 80 metre-long road and restore the road surface before continuing to the next section. Construction barriers will be removed prior to Tet (Lunar New Year), said Dang Ngoc Hoi, management board director of a project on HCM City's drainage system improvement. — VNS