Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Nhân Chính Park, covering a total area of 13.2ha in Hà Nội’s two districts of Thanh Xuân and Cầu Giấy, has finally opened to the public more than a year behind schedule.
The park opens at 5am and closes at 11pm every day.
Construction of the park, with total capital investment of nearly VNĐ300 billion (US$12.9 million) from the State budget, began in May 2016 and was expected to be completed in June 2017. The investor is the People’s Committee of Thanh Xuân District.
The park includes many trees and flowers, as well as an 8-ha artificial lake. It aims to provide a green space for residents living in the city.
It is estimated that hundreds of local people came to visit the park on Monday – the opening day.
A local resident said the park is green and clean; however, the park’s management board should place more seats so people could take a break while enjoying the park.
Causes for delay
Đặng Hồng Thái, vice chairman of the People’s Committee told Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper that the main reason behind the delay was that under an initial design, there would be a 5-storey parking lot in the park.
The committee already signed a contract with a company to build the parking area, however, after signing the contract, the company did not implement the project as scheduled, Thái said.
The company thought it would be hard to recover their money as first expected, Thái said.
At present, the area set aside for the parking lot has been fenced off, while the rest of the park is open to the public, he added.
Another reason for the delay was that the People’s Committee proposed the city administration allow it to manage the park for the first 3-5 years instead of under the city’s management as initially planned, he said. — VNS