HCM City official resigns after failed campaign to curb pavement encroachment

The deputy chairman of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 People’s Committee, Doan Ngoc Hai, has resigned after failing to stop pavement encroachment in the area. Deputy chairman of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 People’s Committee, Doan Ngoc Hai (right) ask to move cars from a street pavement in 2017 In his resignation which was submitted at the District meeting on January 8, Hai wrote that he started taking responsibility in urban management in March 2016 and set a target of dealing with illegal pavement encroachment on local streets.”We started a campaign against pavement encroachment in the area in January 2017 and have set a good model for many other localities nation-wide to follow,” Hai wrote.”But my work has affected the operation of many street-side restaurants, hotels, bars or parking lots which are making huge profits from the pavements,” Hai continued. “I’ve tried to fight against their illegal work and ignored lots of death threats from them.”However, the official concluded that he failed to fulfil his promise of completely ending the illegal encroachment and so he would resign from his post.Earlier, speaking with the local media when starting his campaign in February, Hai said that he didn’t know how the former managers worked but he would take a radical method to deal with the problem this year. He also said that if he couldn’t take back the pavement for pedestrians by the end of 2017, he would resign.

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