The lack of transportation and social infrastructure in Ha Noi’s new urban areas has been detrimental to the quality of life among residents, raising concerns about the quality of planning and development in the city. Ho Si Kiep, 74, a resident in North Linh Dam New Urban Area in Hoang Mai District said his family moved into their 230 sq.m-villa six years ago but they still did not have tap water or power in their neighbourhood. His family was particularly unhappy that they did not have a road leading up to their home other than a muddy path running through a vegetable garden, Kiep said, adding that travel was harder at night because there was no lighting system and all their vehicles had to be parked in a nearby apartment building. Four other households who spent tens of billions of Vietnamese dong to own villas in the area were in a similar situation. In Ha Dong District’s Mo Lao New Urban Area, residents still don’t have tap water or a power supply system even though they moved in two years ago. One local resident said her family finally installed tap water at the end of last year and her house…
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