Under the decision, the construction department will instruct districts and wards to review the situation and complete house addressing by the end of this year.
Confusion about street names and house numbers in newly-expanded areas has added to the chaos of streets in Hanoi, making it difficult for people to find addresses.
According to statistics from the Hanoi Construction Department, house number chaos has occurred in districts with newly-built roads.
This was an urgent problem that came with rapid urbanisation, said the department.
The problem is clear to see on somes of Hanoi’s streets as there are multiple addresses with the same number and the number often follow no logical order.
For example, in a small lane in Kham Thien Street, there are 20 houses with the same address.
Normally, houses located on the same road are given odd or even numbers, but in Hanoi, house numbers don’t follow any order, the department said.
The problem caused daily difficulties for residents and local government.
Real estate agencies are also suffering from the confusion, especially when making contracts for the sale or rental of properties.
Directions from locals don’t always help either, as when walkers ask locals about new addresses they often use the old name.
In addition, some streets in newly-expanded areas have yet to be named officially.
In some streets, residents have not co-operated with local authorities in numbering the house addresses.
According to the city Construction Department, houses on newly-opened roads would be numbered after the roads were named.
However, the new roads were only named two years after completion. In the meantime, people numbered their houses by themselves which lead to a mess.
To fix the mess in house addresses, municipal authorities assigned the Construction Department to instruct districts and wards to review the situation and complete house addressing by the end of this year.
The department has asked the 15 wards, districts and townships, which have 32 newly-built and expanded roads this year, to complete house addressing within six months of the roads being finished.
Le Van Duc, the department’s deputy head said that districts and wards needed plans for naming new roads and numbering houses annually to keep up with rapid urbanisation.
Ha Noi’s People Committee also asked the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports to establish scientific projects, including naming streets with clear criteria for the residents and researchers to contribute ideas.VNS