|Workers from Hà Nội Park and Green Trees prune tree branches on Lý Thường Kiệt Street. — VNS Photo Trương Vị|Viet Nam News -
HÀ NỘI – Hà Nội People’s Committee Chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung on Wednesday called on municipal agencies to reduce spending on street lighting, trees and waste collection in the city.
He asked for an installation of LED (light-emitting diode) lighting products in the city over the next five years to save energy.
The city pays VNĐ260 billion (US$11.66 million) to light the streets each year. The LED lights are expected to reduce spending to VNĐ90-120 billion ($4-5.38 million).
Chung said that all future road projects would have to use LED. He also asked to halve the spending on public trees.
He applauded the Hà Nội Park and Tree Company for investing in new tree-cutting equipment and machines, which had helped reduce tree-cutting costs from VNĐ2.5 million ($112) to VNĐ700,000 ($31) per tree and ensure labour safety.
Also on Wednesday, the company started using two new tree-cutting machines that can deal with trees up to 26 and 32 metres tall. Each machine requires only three workers to operate. Previously, 10 workers were required to cut trees.
Vũ Văn Viện, director of the city’s Department of Transport, said that in order to improve the city’s aesthetics, the city must move all electrical lines and cables underground when it upgrades roads to avoid having to dig roads more than once.
Viện also suggested Hà Nội Transport Company be allowed to oversee all bus stations and bus stops to ensure smooth operation and quality. Now, seven companies are managing 363 bus stations and more than 2,200 bus stops in the city. – VNS