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Ha Noi hopes to improve street lighting

Update: February, 28/2013 - 07:30

Festive lighting was installed along Ha Noi's streets during the Tet holidays, but the general public lighting system has been criticised as inefficient, and repairs to faulty street lamps are not made in a timely manner. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Thanh Giang

HA NOI (VNS)— Over the past two years, Ha Noi's district authorities have failed to manage the public lighting system in their localities, mainly due to confusion caused by overlaps in responsibility.

By far, the most common issue was the excessive length of time it took to replace broken light bulbs, the municipal administration remarked.

For instance, in Alley 120 of Hoang Mai District's Hoang Mai Road, whenever a light bulb malfunctions, it often took 3-5 days or even two weeks after the case was reported to the authorities before the bulb was replaced.

Phan Tien Binh, deputy director of the Lighting and Urban Equipment Co Ltd, which is in charge of the bulb replacement, said that when assigned to manage the lighting system, district authorities were too hesitant as they lacked specialised workers.

"When residents report a broken light bulb, we must check whether the road is managed by the company or not. If not, we will report to the district as it is regulated that the bulbs would be replaced under the district's requirement," said Binh.

All procedures were based on the municipal people's committee's decision 13 issued in 2011, which aimed to better manage the city's lighting system.

At present, before the managing overlap is resolved, residents can call the company's hotline – 39740268 - if it takes too long to replace any out-of-order light bulb in their residential area. The company will join hands with local authorities to speed up the repairing process, added Binh.

Le Van Duc, deputy director of the Department of Construction, which is also in charge of the bulb replacement, said the department had proposed that municipal authorities assign one agency to manage the entire lighting system.

To better administer the public lighting system, recently deputy chairman of the municipal people's committee Nguyen Van Khoi asked the Lighting and Urban Equipment Co Ltd to check all the lighting system management agencies and then report to the Department of Construction.

The department will also be allotted to set up and promulgate regulations that all of newly-built lighting system in residential quarter must be checked by the department, and taken over by the Lighting and Urban Equipment Co Ltd. — VNS

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