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Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi has raised approximately 53.8 trillion VND (nearly 2.4 billion USD) investment in developing rural transport infrastructure.

The fund has been used to asphalt all of the capital’s inter-commune and commune-based axis roads and 95 percent of its inter-hamlet and hamlet-based axis roads in accordance with national technical standards while 90 percent of alleys have been concreted to prevent floods during the rainy season.

About 80 percent of inter-field lanes have also been concreted.

Rapid urbanisation, increased urban density and traffic on the outskirts of Hanoi and insufficient road maintenance have made many inter-commune and inter-hamlet roads deteriorate more quickly.

The inter-commune road linking Xuan Phuong and Xuan Canh communes and that crosses Hamlet 8 of Huong Ngai commune in Thach That district have been affecting local residents for years as they were bumpy and became difficult to pass when it was raining.

Ba Vi and Soc Son districts suffered the same with dusty roads in very poor conditions.

The upgrade of the roads has helped improve the local living standards.

Yet many works still need to be done so as to meet the rising travel demand, Deputy Director of the city’s Department of Transporation Ngo Manh Tuan said.

Not only the authority but also the locals should protect the roads, he stressed, adding that investment from the private sector is also needed.-VNA