|A parking lot under a bridge in Hà Nội. - Photo vov.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội’s People’s Committee is seeking approval from the Ministry of Transport for continuing to open parking lots under four bridges until 2023 as a solution to the shortage of parking spaces in the city.
According to a circular issued by the transport ministry in 2017, areas under bridges are not allowed to be used for residential, parking or business purposes.
Areas under Vĩnh Tuy, Chương Dương, Ngã Tư Vọng and Mai Dịch were allowed to be used for parking before the circular took effect.
According to authorities, parking lots were under construction but there remained a limited number of parking lots on the streets.
The free parking lot under Chương Dương Bridge serves the pedestrian streets around Hoàn Kiếm Lake. The parking lot under Ngã Tư Vọng Bridge is to serve parking demand of visitors to nearby Bạch Mai Hospital.
If the proposal is approved, the city’s People’s Committee has pledged to ensure fire safety and street sanitation in these areas and continue to crack down on illegal parking lots under other bridges. — VNS