Lawmakers slate plan to relocate national administrative center

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Most of the National Assembly representatives Thursday disagreed with plans to relocate the national administrative center under Hanoi's master zoning plan through 2030.


Representative Nguyen Minh Thuyet from the northern province of Lang Son said the government needs to reconsider the plan to set up a national administrative center around Ba Vi Mountain, some 60 kilometers from the capital's center, while keeping the political center in Ba Dinh District.


It's unconvincing to say that Vietnam plans to separate the administrative center from the political one, because some countries have already done so, Thuyet said.


Huynh Ngoc Son, vice chairman of the National Assembly, agreed with Thuyet, saying that plan makers should state clearly why they want to send the administrative center to Ba Vi.


It's "traditionally" unsuitable to separate the two centers, Son said, adding that all legal writings never separate the term "political and administrative center".


To keep the political and administrative center in Ba Dinh District as it is now, is consistent with history, according to representative Pham Minh Toan from the central province of Quang Ngai.


Tran Du Lich from Ho Chi Minh City, meanwhile, said the plan is "unacceptable", stressing that it doesn't make sense in many countries to refer to the administration and political center as two different organizations.


Also at the meeting, representatives voiced their concerns over the budget for the master plan which was estimated to cost US$90 billion.


Son said the plan estimated that it needs some $90 billion for the establishment of technical infrastructure, but it will definitely cost more in reality.


It's not easy to find and distribute capital for the plan, as Vietnam is investing in a series of major projects that take priority, according to Son.


Pham Thi Loan, a representative from Hanoi, also said she doesn't believe that Vietnam can get enough money for the plan.


Another Hanoi deputy, Chu Son Ha, doubted suficient capital could be rasied for the plan through auctions of land use rights, official development assistance loans, and attracting foreign direct investment, saying that many other projects also depend on these sources.


First prepared in December 2008, the plan also aims to develop five satellite towns, a "green corridor" together with biological diversity reserves, and put the city's heritages under strict preservation.

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