A year on, HCMC walking street already shows signs of deterioration

By Phuong Quyen, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Hue pedestrian street. Photo: Vu Phuong 
Nguyen Hue walking street is showing signs of deterioration in just its first year, Thanh Nien has found.
The street, which cost US$19.7 million, opened to the public on April 29 last year, attracting thousands of visitors daily.
But some LED lamps installed under trees have sunk into ground, manhole covers are askew, granite blocks used to cover underground electricity lines have disappeared and the covers of electrical transformers are coming off, causing anxiety to people with young children.
Trinh Thi Kim Chi, 32, said she found it strange that granite blocks have broken off so easily since she had heard granite lasts 100 of years.
Tran Quang Lam, deputy director of the city Department of Transport, told Thanh Nien Sunday that Nguyen Hue Street is being assessed and the department has instructed the contractor to fix the damages.
A LED lamp installed under a tree has sunk into the ground. Photo: Vu Phuong 
The cover of a transformer not closed tightly. 
A manhole cover that is askew
Another manhole cover not quite where it should be. 
A granite block covering underground electricity lines has disappeared.

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