Subsidence blamed on residents
Construction conducted by nearby residents has caused the pavement along the OÂ Chôï DöøaHoaøng Caàu road, the most expensive route in Vieät Nam that opened early this year, to subside, said Nguyeãn Syõ Baûo, the director of the management board on key urban development projects in Haø Noäi.
Speaking at the press conference on Tuesday, Baûo said the pavement subsided after a short period of construction after residents demolished their old houses. Residents then gathered concrete stakes and drove excavators and trucks over the new pavement.
Baûo confirmed that samples of bricks used on the pavement had been tested to meet quality standards.
The loose management and cooperation between the projects in- vestor, inspection consultancy unit and local authority had enabled the damage, he said.
The investor had asked the construction unit to quickly re-build 165 square metres of the damaged pavement, repair the covers of manholes and reduce the height of the pavement to help drivers go up and down more easily.
The pavement had since been fixed, he said, adding that a cost of more than VNÑ70 million (US$3,301) was incurred by the projects contractor.
Baûo said the management board would re-examine the incident to establish the fault of those involved, including four units participating in constructing, designing, consulting on and supervising the project.
In June, Haø Noäi Party Secretary Phaïm Quang Nghò had requested a re-examination of the construction of the pavement on the OÂ Chôï DöøaHoaøng Caàu route following inspections.
He said that each phase of the project would reveal the responsibilities of those responsible for the poor-quality pavement.
The OÂ Chôï Döøa-Hoaøng Caàu road route was part of the citys Belt Road No1 project costing VNÑ642 billion ($30.5 million), including $25 million for site clearance.
However, the real amount for site clearance had been raised to VNÑ743 billion ($35.3 million), making it the most expensive road in the country.
Although the city has opened the road for traffic, the installation of lighting systems, separators, painted lines, pipelines and trees is yet to be finalised.