Hanoi's Transport Department has proposed a plan to open 10 walking streets in the city's downtown district of Hoan Kiem during weekends and on national holidays to boost tourism, trade and services, online newspaper Dan Tri reported.
Under the plan submitted to the municipal People's Committee, no vehicles will be allowed into the 10 streets around the Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake) and Hang Dao-Dong Xuan area from 6 a.m. Saturday to 22 p.m. Sunday every week and during holidays.
The streets are Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Duong, Dong Xuan, Le Lai, Le Thach, Le Thai To, Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Khay, and Trang Tien.
The walking streets will open to tourists next year, according to the plan.
According to the department, 925 households will be affected by the opening of the walking streets. Under the plan, they will be given badges to take their vehicles home or to 14 parking lots around the walking streets.