Vietnam shortlists designers for Saigon Safari

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The Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department will choose a designer for the first and largest safari in Vietnam this April.

So far the department has shortlisted five foreign companies to compete for the chance to make detailed designs for the Saigon Safari in Cu Chi District, which will include a night safari, a fauna and flora research center, a picnic site and a resort.

Nguyen Khac Dung, head of the Park and Tree Unit under the department, said Cu Chi People’s Committee has cleared 96 percent of the 456 hectares for the Saigon Safari and will complete the rest this year.

The city last year planted trees over 157 hectares and plans planting on a further 220 hectares this year.

Parks in Ho Chi Minh City cover around 537 hectares and streets and have around 100,000 trees, which means 0.75 square meters of greenery per head, Dung said at a conference organized by the city Transport Department on Monday.

He said the ratio was “too low.”

Dung said the city this year will plant another 2,000 trees on downtown streets like Phan Boi Chau, Phan Chu Trinh, Ham Nghi, Le Thanh Ton, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Nguyen Van Troi.

It will also plant greenery on 54,000 square meters of street dividers, bridges and vacant land, he added.

Source: TBKTSG

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