Many years ago, zigzagging alleys in residential quarters No. 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 in Go Vap District were flooded smelling awfully in rainy season. Residents in the alleys found it difficult to travel. Worse, a preschool is located there. Small kids waded through the marshy roads with a plashing noise to the preschool.
After months of persuading, all households who owned land on the road voluntarily taking apart their homes to widen the alley so that children can walk easily to school.
Importantly, 50 year old resident Nguyen Quoc Linh said prices of houses in the alleys hiked up increasingly. Constructing and repairing houses are easier; therefore, more grocery stores, coffee shops and fashionable stores have been mushrooming.
Before, 1.9 meter – 3.5 meter wide Truong Quoc Dung Street was covered with mud in rainy season and traffic congestions took place. More seriously, ambulance and fire truck couldn’t enter the alleys.
All households who owned land in voluntarily taking apart their homes to widen the alley so that fire trucks and ambulances can pass through as well as motorbikes as well as make travel more convenient for everyone.
Party Chief of District 3 ward 8 Le Xuan lam said that from 2003, the district party committees emphasized alley expansion in documents; accordingly, party committee has taken heed of the work. However, because of various reason, expansion of alley has been postponed until 2015.
As of 2018, city dwellers have cut their houses to donate over 2.2 million sq.m of land worth a total of more than VND2,200 billion.
From 2015, dwellers in District 3 alone have donated more than 9,400sq.m of land to upgrade and expand 34 alleys. Similarly, residents in Phu Nhuan District have expanded 80 allays and more than 15,000 sq.m of land have been donated.
Convincing people to donate their land takes a lot of time. Many talks between local administration, party committee and residents had been held several times. Even party chief of the districts had to come to each household talking about positive improvement in traffic flow and economic development to persuade them.
Land donation campaigns in city districts have greatly contributed to urban refurbishment.