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Paved streets in Old Quarter of concern

Released at: 10:26, 13/08/2015

Paved streets in Old Quarter of concern

Opinions being sought from local residents on ongoing project to pave streets with stone, which some say are unsafe.

by Minh Tuyet

Hanoi is seeking public opinion on the stone paving of eleven streets in the Old Quarter, with many people being concerned about safety on the streets have already been paved in the ongoing project.

One elderly woman who has lived in Ta Hien Street for 50 years said that since the road was paved with stone it has become more attractive but it can also be very slippery when it rains, and some people have had accidents. Many people on the street, she said, are afraid of walking on the stone paving when it’s wet.

As part of Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday celebrations in 2010, Hoan Kiem district paved 50 meters of Ta Hien Street and improved its drainage systems.

The stone paving has indeed made the streets more attractive, but architect Tran Huy Anh said that if the street was only for pedestrians then the type of stone would be different than if it caters to pedestrians and vehicles, which it currently does.

Leaders of the Hanoi Department of Transport said that the ongoing project needs more research and study. The Management Committee of the Old Quarter is also calling for investment to promote tourism in the Old Quarter.

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