Hanoi wants city gates project scrapped

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Hanoi has proposed the government stops a VND50-billion (US$2.6 million) project to build five gates to welcome guests to the city center, People's Committee chairman Nguyen The Thao said Thursday.

Thao said that the central government had approved the project in 2008, but it has attracted controversy and criticism from many experts including the Vietnam Architect Association and Hanoi Architect Association.

Representatives at Wednesday's session of the People's Council (the city legislature) also voiced different opinions about the plan, he said.

Some were in favor of the project, but others said it was wasteful, suggesting the money should be provided in aid to the poor, Thao said.

He also mentioned that agreement had not been reached among concerned agencies on the gates' designs.

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