HCMC to focus on developing northern, northwestern urban areas

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Architecture said it would propose municipal authorities to more vigorously restart urban area projects in the north and northwest of the city, including Tay Bac Cu Chi urban area in the upcoming time.

The northern and northwestern areas have high terrain and good geological conditions suitable for urban development amid severer climate change, according to the department.

Local authorities have instructed related agencies to study establishment of a plan to broaden the northwest urban area by 3,000 hectares taking the total to 9,000 hectares, being adjacent to Trang Bang district, Tay Ninh province and covering Tan Hiep garbage dump, it said.

The department revealed it would also propose the city to invite investors for ten urban areas alongside Saigon River in Cu Chi district, whose 1:5000 scale plan has been approved by the city People’s Committee since 2013.

These ten urban areas will develop environmentally friendly tourist projects and build villas and convention and exhibition centers.

Development of urban areas alongside Saigon River plays a significant role in environmental landscape protection amid the fast occurring urbanization, the department added.

Deputy director of the department Nguyen Thanh Toan said that they would study and put forward a special mechanism to call on investors. For instance, they will propose the city to build some major technical infrastructure works to connect the northern and northwestern area with the center of the city and neighboring provinces.

By Nguyen Khoa – Translated by Hai Mien

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