Sidewalks in downtown HCMC to be paved with granite

By Tan Phu, Thanh Nien News

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Workers paving a sidewalk with granite on Dong Khoi Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tan Phu Workers paving a sidewalk with granite on Dong Khoi Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tan Phu

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Sidewalks in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 will be paved with granite to give the downtown area a facelift, according to local authorities.
Starting next month, five streets -- Dong Khoi, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Phung Khac Khoan, and Cong Xa Paris -- will be repaved.
More than 130 streets will get a makeover.
Doan Ngoc Hai, vice chairman of the District 1 People’s Committee, said the sidewalks on most streets, paved with various materials, are damaged.
“The plan will cost nearly VND1 trillion (US$44.8 million) and will be raised from local enterprises. A company has agreed to invest in the plan and it will be repaid in 5 years.”
The district authorities would coordinate with relevant agencies to move electricity and telecom lines underground, he said.
“We will plant more trees and will not cut any.”
Tran The Thuan, chairman of the District 1 People’s Committee, said hawkers would be allowed on certain sections of sidewalks.
“They will be able to sell during certain hours but must ensure sanitation,” he said.
In another move to give downtown HCMC a facelift, District 1 authorities will rebuild 89 old apartments.

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