Flyover to avoid disturbing historical site

Ha Noi (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Ha Noi authorities, experts and scientists approached consensus on how to build a flyover at the O Cho Dua intersection in Dong Da District, an urban district of Hanoi, without affecting an ancient archaeological site located in the area.

Two plans were chosen from six options proposed by the project's investor at a workshop held on Wednesday to tackle public concern that the construction might destroy the 1,000-year-old structure.

Dan Xa Tac was built in 1048 by the Ly Dynasty as a platform for worshipping Heaven and Earth (with Man in between). It was named a national heritage site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2007.

The proposals were evaluated based on several criteria: preserving the site, maintaining traffic development, falling in line with approved planning, limiting influence on the living conditions of local residents and improving architectural space and the urban landscape.

Most participants, including cultural, traffic and building experts, favoured a plan under which the flyover would be slanted to Nguyen Luong Bang Street and connect with another branch running from Kham Thien Street to O Cho Dua, creating a Y shape.

Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien said Dan Xa Tac was an important historical site and needed to be preserved.

Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Historical Science Phan Huy Le said the association also supported the plan, which would fulfill the goals of both traffic organisations and heritage preservationists.

A plan to redirect the flyover to Nguyen Luong Bang Street without any branch also drew appreciation from participants.

Chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen The Thao said construction of the flyover was important to deal with traffic jams, but measures should be taken to ensure Dan Xa Tac was preserved and local residents were not disturbed by the construction.

The final plan will be made public so people in the four wards of Dong Da District where the flyover will be built can comment on it before it is submitted to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Construction.

The flyover, linking Xa Dan and Hoang Cau, will be 500 metres long and have four lanes. It will cost about 766 billion dong (US$36.4 million). If approved, construction will start this year and be completed by 2015.

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