HCM City upgrades 130-year-old building hinh anh 1The 130-year-old municipal People’s Court building (Source: tand.hochiminhcity.gov.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – A ceremony was held on March 27 in Ho Chi Minh City to commence the first phase of the project to upgrade the 130-year-old municipal People’s Court building.

The building, constructed in 1881 in Ben Thanh ward, District 1, is one of the three typical architectural structures of the city, together with the headquarters of the municipal People’s Committee and the municipal Post Office. It was recognised as a national architectural relic site in 2012.

Addressing the ceremony, Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam Truong Hoa Binh underlined some complications. He said it is crucial to keep the original design of the historical relic site while ensuring it can continue operating normally.

He also noted that the project needs to ensure labour safety, effectiveness and quality during the implementation.

According to Ung Thi Xuan Huong, Chief Judge of the municipal People’s Court, the project has a total investment of 320 billion VND (14.3 million USD).

The first phase of the project, which will include repairs on the roof and interior, is expected to be completed in under a year, Huong said.-VNA