23/11/2017 | 14:10:00

Hanoi may dissolve district People's Councils

Nhat Tan Bridge, one of the bridges spanning the Red River in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

The Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam has approved piloting a new urban administration model in Hanoi that allows for the dissolution of local government bodies.

Vice Secretary of the city’s Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang made the statement at a party committee meeting on November 19.

Hang said that on October 20, the Politburo worked with the Standing Committee of the city’s Party Committee to review five years implementing Resolution 11 on the city’s development during 2011-20.

On November 7, the Politburo issued its conclusions on the resolution’s implementation, which allowed the city to implement the new urban administration model on a trial basis at district level, Hang said.

Previously, Secretary of the city’s Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai said that the city would propose developing the new model for the city.

The model would be simplified from the current one and still ensure that the administration protected the people’s rights and obligations, he said.

Before Hanoi, HCM City and Da Nang joined the pilot implementation of the same model.

Under the model, People’s Councils at district and ward/commune levels can be abolished or merged. In cities under direct control of the central Government like Hanoi, HCM City or Da Nang, there will be only one People’s Council at city level. There will be representative agencies of the council in districts and wards.

The Politburo also asked Hanoi authorities to complete key tasks, including a renewed growth model in line with the city’s economic restructuring and three breakthrough strategies – improvement in planning, infrastructure and completing institutions for a socialist-oriented market economy.

Hanoi was asked to achieve yearly economic growth of at least 7.5 percent and to harmonise economic benefits with cultural development and social progress.

The city was urged to take more actions in urban management, land and construction, road safety and social security.

The Politburo asked the Government to review and amend some decisions and outline special policies or mechanisms to enable Hanoi to complete its tasks.

More key projects

Also at the November 19 meeting, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu announced the committee has added three projects in the list of key projects to invest during 2016-2020.

The projects are: a flyover on the intersection of Hoang Quoc Viet street and Nguyen Van Huyen street plus the completion of Nguyen Van Huyen street worth 503 billion VND (22.13 million USD), a tunnel with estimated investment of 672 billion VND at the intersection of Giai Phong street and Ring Road 2.5 and another tunnel worth about 550 billion VND at Le Van Luong Street and Ring Road No. 3.

The two first projects are funded by the city’s budget while the last will be under a build-transfer contract.

Last year, the city’s People’s Committee approved the city’s middle-term public investment 2016-20 with a list of 52 key projects that cost more than 503.37 trillion VND (22.14 billion USD).-VNA

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