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HCM City to add 6 new districts
  • | | January 09, 2010 03:54 PM

Ho Chi Minh City's master construction plan, to be completed by 2025, has been approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, giving the city 6 new districts.


Ho Chi Minh City will have a modern railway network to ease the current transport jams – Illustration photo

The entire administrative boundaries of Ho Chi Minh City and 7 neighbouring provinces will be expanded in order to convert the city into an industrial, service, scientific and technical center in the region.

By 2025, the city is expected to have about 10 million residents and cover 100,000 hectares for urban areas. The six new districts will cover 35,200 hectares and be home to a population of 2.9 million.

The old downtown area will function as an administrative, cultural, tourist and service center. Meanwhile, the six new districts are reserved for modern urban quarters, underground parking lots, scientific-technoligical centers (800 ha in total) and industrial zones.

In addition, the city plans to allocate around 43,600 ha in its outskirts for agricultural production and three ecological belts.

HCMC will develop in harmony with its neighboring provinces such as Bình Dương, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Long An, Dong Nai, Ba Ria–Vung Tau and Tien Giang.

As planned, the inner city will stretch out within a 15km radius, paving the way for large-scale and polycentric development.

In order to further develop its transport, the city will upgrade the railway network; build aerial routes; dredge the Long Tau and Soai Rap Rivers; and develop Long Thanh international airport.

To address the issue of flood-tide, the city intends to build small-scale dikes and sea dikes while upgrading its drainage systems.

Ho Chi Minh City will extend in all 4 directions with 4 corridors:
1. The eastern corridor, running along the HCMC-Long Thanh–Dau Day Expressway, con¬nects with Nhon Trach, Long Thanh and Bien Hoa urban centers.
2. The southern corridor, running along Nguyen Huu Tho road, links urban quarters along this route and the port city of Hiep Phuoc.
3. The northwest corridor runs along National Highway 22 and connects with Duc Hoa, Trang Bang, and Thu Dau Mot.
4. The west-southwest corridor along Nguyen Van Linh Road links urban quarters in the southern part of the city.