Accordingly, the adjustment to school and work schedules in Hanoi would begin from February 1 next year, instead of January 1, said Hanoi’s Mayor Nguyen The Thao in a meeting with Hanoi’s voters last week.
Thao said the adjustment would be delayed until that time so as to avoid arousing confusion among people before the lunar New Year, which will come in late January.
At the meeting, voters also expressed their concerns over the encroachment of automobiles on the streets, which led to traffic congestion, and urged the construction of more parking lots in the city's central areas.
Director of the Hanoi Department of Transport Nguyen Quoc Hung said the department would discuss and plan parking lots for the central districts, and added that parking on the streets and pavements would be prohibited along major traffic corridors.
In response to concerns over the negative effects the pedestrianisation of certain streets would have on business, Hung said the arrangement for pedestrianisation would be designed to minimize any potential negative impacts on people's lives.
A recent survey revealed that more than 70 percent of households living in these areas supported pedestrianisation, he added.