High-rise freeze on downtown Hanoi lifted

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High-rise building projects with licenses granted before December 9, 2009 in four central districts of Hanoi have been allowed to resume, lifting a government ban imposed late last year.


According to the government's latest announcement, authorities in the capital city have been asked to take decisions on projects that are yet to be licensed but already approved in principle before December 12, 2009.


Other projects, meanwhile, will continue to remain on hold and will be considered again once Hanoi's master zoning plan through 2030 is approved, along with the issue of a new statute on architectural management, the government office announced.


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had last December ordered Hanoi to stop demolishing old villas and constructing buildings of nine stories or more.


According to the Hanoi People's Committee, 56 of 233 ongoing projects in the districts of Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung, Ba dinh, and Dong Da will resume work, while others will remain under consideration.


On the other hand, city authorities have proposed that the government prohibits high-rises from the political center in Ba Dinh District, the old quarter, areas surrounding Sword Lake, and the area bordered by the streets of Ly Nam De, Phan Dinh Phung, Hoang Dieu, Dien Bien Phu, and Tran Phu.


Multi-storied buildings should also be restricted in certain areas like the one surrounding Truc Bach Lake, they said in the latest report following the government's announcement.

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