Overhead electrical and telecommunications cables on 200 streets in Hanoi will be dismantled and buried underground this year.

The plan to dismantle and bury the cables has been carried out since 2014 by the municipal Construction Department, EVN Hanoi and the Urban Lighting and Equipment Company.

So far, the city has dismantled 688,000m of cables on 95 main streets. The company has also put up 52 new pylons to replace old ones.

However, the work has been slow because of a lack of cooperation between enterprises and authorities.

According to the Urban Lighting and Equipment Company, 27 businesses currently hang their cables in the streets.

Many of them have not registered their cables, which made it difficult to classify them.

Telecom services provider Viettel explained that the company had a huge numbers of clients scattered across the city, but did not have enough staff to complete the work.

Turning down the company's excuse, Director of the municipal Construction Department Le Van Duc said the businesses were responsible for the work.

Bigger businesses with more clients and profits should act more responsibly, he said.

Plans for the project are also another reason for the delay, so the Construction Department has threatened to cut off unregistered cables.

The department will closely monitor the work and ask related units to cooperate in order to complete the work by the end of this year.

Overhead cables have been a cause for public concern over the years. The tangled cables make the city ugly and pose a danger for road users.-VNA