Hanoi argues against admin center's move

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Hanoi authorities have requested that the prime minister not move the national administrative center to Ba Vi Mountain, 60 kilometers from the city's center, VnExpress reported.


Ba Vi's inclement weather conditions, poor traffic access and less than ideal connection to surrounding areas caused the Hanoi's People's Committee to argue against the proposed plan in its latest letter to the government.


They further cautioned that such a relocation would probably affect ecologically Ba Vi, which was dubbed Hanoi's "green lungs," the news website quoted the committee as saying.


The People's Committee questioned the wisdom of separating Hanoi's administrative center from its political center.


Under the zoning plan, the National Assembly and the Communist Party offices will remain in the city's Ba Dinh District.


The authorities suggested that the governmental offices be relocated to the west of West Lake or My Dinh Me Tri area in Tu Liem District.


If the government agrees to halt the relocation, the establishment of a thoroughfare connecting the capital's center and Ba Vi Mountain won't be necessary anymore, Duong Duc Tuan, vice director of Hanoi Department of Planning and Architecture, told VnExpress.


Since its announcement early this year, the plan to relocate the administrative center and bulid a road leading to its new location has provoked criticism from the public and lawmakers alike. 


The roadmap, known as the General Zoning Plan for developing the capital through 2030, was authored in a collaboration between the US-South Korea consultant joint-venture PPJ, and the Vietnam Institute of Architecture, Urban and Rural Planning.


The plan is expected to be approved by the prime minister before Hanoi's 1,000th anniversary this October, according to the news source.

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