HCM City to Expand Center Area

Ho Chi Minh City is set to expand its center to some areas in districts close to District 1 as the southern hub is developing fast.

Part of Ho Chi Minh City’s center (Photo: SGGP)

The center covers Ben Thanh, Ben Nghe and Pham Ngu Lao wards in District 1, including boulevards and streets near the City Hall and Ben Thanh Market.

However, it has been adjusted to include September 23 Park near the market and the area along the East-West Boulevard, which is under construction now, Mr. Nguyen Trong Hoa, director of the city’s Department of Zoning and Architecture, said at a weekend meeting on District 1’s development plan.

He said the new area stretches from Sai Gon Bridge to Tan Thuan Bridge in District 4. Therefore, the city center will include part of districts 4, Binh Thanh and 3, together with the planned Thu Thiem Urban Area in District 2.

Addressing the meeting, District 1 chairman Le Minh Tri said some places like schools and parking lots should be located in Binh Thanh District and District 4 instead of District 1 to leave more room for it.

Mr. Tran Chi Dung, deputy director of the Department of Zoning and Architecture, agreed with Mr. Tri. “I support the idea of relocating schools in District 1 to outer districts.”

Mr. Tri added, “Less schools means less traffic congestion. Besides, when old schools are relocated, District 1 will have more land for shopping and services areas.”

Underground works

The department has declined to answer investors’ question about the possibility to build underground parking lots in District 1 because of the absence of regulations on underground construction, and the Ministry of Construction is working on the rules, said department director Nguyen Trong Hoa. Meanwhile, subways and underground parking lots have been planned in the district.

He added the department would try to finish the new zoning map for District 1 as soon as possible to submit to the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee.

Reported by An Nhien – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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