The newly-established Thu Duc City in Ho Chi Minh City will assign 10% of its area to build parks with some 630 hectares for reservoirs, which is expected to reduce the flooding problems in the city.
Director of the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Urban Planning and Architecture, Nguyen Thanh Nha, speaks at the 11th Congress of the HCM City Party Organisation for the 2020-2025 tenure on October 16.
A plan for the new city was shared by director of the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Urban Planning and Architecture, Nguyen Thanh Nha, at the 11th Congress of the HCM City Party Organisation for the 2020-2025 tenure on October 16.
According to Nha, Thu Duc City is expected to become a driving force for the economy of Ho Chi Minh City during the Industry Revolution 4.0 with financial and technological centres including the Hi-tech Park in District 9, the National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Thu Duc District, the Thu Thiem New Urban Area in District 2.
“However, the city is also facing lots of shortcomings in its infrastructure development,” the official said. “Traffic jams and flooding are big problems now while some major transport projects including the Metro Line 1 and the BRT Line 1 are seeing slow progress due to difficulties in finance and site clearance.”
People travel on the flooded Vo Van Ngan Street in Thu Duc City.
Talking about solutions, Nha said that the city will develop a public transport system which can meet 50-60% of demand by 2040.
“Thu Duc will spare 10% of its area to build green parks with some 630 hectares for reservoirs, which is expected to reduce the flooding problems in the city,” he said.
Some flooding prevention projects will be carried out in the next five years include Tam Phu – Thu Duc Park, Thu Thiem Reservoir, and Lam Vien Ecological Park. The city is calling for investors to these projects.
Thu Duc City has just been established by merging three districts in the eastern part of Ho Chi Minh City including Districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc. The new city is expected to contribute 30% of Ho Chi Minh City’s GDP and 7% of the country’s GDP.
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