HCMC Legislators Want Gov’t Agencies Moved Away From Center

Ho Chi Minh City lawmakers proposed moving government agencies in the city from currently downtown center to suburban areas at a local legislature session yesterday.

A legislator during the session

During the 12th session of the seventh tenure of the city People’s Council, lawmaker Pham Minh Tri suggested relocating state administrative headquarters, mostly congregating in district 1 now, to the Thu Thiem New Urban Area in district 2.

He added that the headquarters of the People’s Council and the Communist Party Committee could stay where they are but the People’s Committee [local government] and other executive agencies should move to Thu Thiem.

Another legislator, Pham Van Hai proposed Cu Chi District as the new administrative center rather than Thu Thiem.

“We have for years formed master plans orienting towards city center”, Hai complained.

Connected with downtown center by several bridges and a 6-lane tunnel which are under construction, the 700 ha Thu Thiem is situated by the Saigon River and has already been master-planned to replace District 1 as HCMC’s new center.

The four-day session which opened on December 4 is being broadcast live on HCMC Television’s HTV9 channel. The municipal People’s Council is expected to hear reports on administrative reforms, state budgets for 2008, land management, and environment protection.

By Staff Writers – Translated by BH

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