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Lawmakers debate Hanoi master plan

20 Jun
Deputies have agreed on the need for a master plan for the capital city until 2030 and vision to 2050.

Minister of Construction Nguyen Hong Quan had earlier made clear a number of issues relating to the master plan.

He stressed the whole city of Hanoi was regarded as the political and administrative center of Viet Nam, not any district or precinct within the city, so whichever location was chosen for the administration precinct, it would still be in Ha Noi.

Deputies Nguyen Van Hop from the Song Hong (Red River) Delta of Hai Duong and Scom Sa Duyen from the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Gia Lai said the master plan should conserve traditional characteristics and consider socio-economic development of the city’s rural areas.

Deputies said a detailed study of Hanoi’s rural areas was important to create harmony between urban and rural development.

They urged planners to avoid conflict between the Hanoi master plan and the capital region plan.

Deputies focused mostly on two issues: the location for a national administration precinct and transportation.

Deputies said Viet Nam should have an administrative precinct befitting a proud nation with a rich history and unique culture, not to mention its enhanced status in the region.

Many didn’t support the master plan proposal that the headquarters of key government agencies and cultural centers be moved to Ba Vi, a rural district of the capital, while the political hub remained in Ba Dinh Precinct.

Those against the proposal included Nguyen Minh Thuyet from northern border Lang Son Province, Nguyen Van Hop from Hai Duong, and Ngo Thi Minh from the northern mining province of Quang Ninh.

The latter suggested the political and administrative centers should be together in Ba Dinh or My Dinh.

In discussion on transport development, Deputy Nguyen Minh Thuyet rejected the idea of building the Thang Long road axis by 2050 as mentioned in the master plan’s view to 2050.

He argued there were already two roads running in that direction: the Lang-Hoa Lac expressway and National Highway 32.

Deputies agreed transport development must create harmony between rail, road, air and waterways.

Meanwhile, some deputies asked planners to come up with flood prevention and diversion measures.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi Master Plan by 2030 and Vision to 2050

19 Mar
The Ministry of Construction submitted a project on “Master plan of Hanoi by 2030 and a vision to 2050” early March. The project is aimed to develop Hanoi into a capital city of green space, civilisation and modernisation. On the sidelines of the government’s press conference on March, Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Dinh Toan said presented the project.

Toan said the project proposed suitable solutions to develop Hanoi on a total area of 3,300 square kilometres.

Urban structuring

The administrative centre of Hanoi from now to 2030 will be located at My Dinh, Hoa Lac and developed along West Lake-Ba Vi axis. In the 2030-2050, the municipal administrative centre will be moved to Ba Vi and the centre in My Dinh will be further expanded.

Urban structure will be changed with the development of core, satellite and ecological urban areas such as Hoa Lac, Xuan Mai, Quoc Oai, Phu Xuyen and Chuc Son. The city will also develop old urban areas in Son Tay, Soc Son, Dong Anh, Gia Lam and Me Linh. Among those, the construction of Hoa Lac urban area is the most feasible. The future urban area will receive a land fund for building an administrative centre.

Soc Son, Long Bien and Gia Lam urban areas will be re-planned with green and water space.

Transport pressure

The city’s transport infrastructure system in the near future has been appropriately planned to ensure people’s business demand and remove the gap between Hanoi and the old province of Ha Tay. Construction on Lang-Hoa Lac will be completed this year, expected to boost the city’s socio-economic development. I think that Hanoi’s transport pressure not only depends on where to put the administrative centre but also other factors such as accommodation and jobs.

The transport infrastructure system will be developed in the north and the south.

Paying attention to green corridor

The project plans to build a green corridor accounting for 68 per cent of the city’s natural area, to project important places like Ba Vi Mountain and Huong Tich and Soc Son regions. The corridor along Day, Tich and Ca Lo rivers aims to control development of nucleus and satellite urban areas.

The green belt along the Nhue River will form a buffer zone to distinguish between the core historical urban area and the expanded part of nucleus urban areas on belt road IV. The city will not develop residential areas along the belt, instead of building villages preservation villages and public works.

Regarding the green space, land for growing green trees in the city will increase by from 2-3 m2 per person to 10-15m2 per person.

Moving to social works to suburb

Big hospitals such as Bach Mai and Viet Duc will face overload if they are kept unchanged like presently, Therefore, the project proposes new locations for these hospitals named Viet Duc 2, Viet Duc 3 or Bach Mai 2 and Bach Mai 3.

Universities will also be moved to suburban areas. National University will be built on a site of 1,000 hectares in Hoa Lac. Many other universities and scientific centres will be located here. The city will also put some universities in Phu Xuyen, Soc Son and Gia Lam. Old universities will be considered for partial function change and narrowing their training scale.

Hanoi and its surrounding areas now lack entertainment areas. Thus, the Ministry of Construction is instructing the city’s concerned agencies to allocate land for these areas.

Source: VCCI/ Videoclip: Ashui