Vietnam PM approves master zoning plan for capital city

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Hanoi will have five satellite towns and a metropolitan area by 2030 under a master zoning plan recently approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Tuoi Tre reported Wednesday.


The metropolitan area and satellite towns will be separated by green corridors and will be connected by a traffic system, the newspaper reported, adding that the city will have a total population of eight million by then.


The national administration center, including the headquarters of the Party, the National Assembly and the government, will remain in Ba Dinh District, instead of being relocated to near the Ba Vi Mountain, some 60 kilometers away, as planned earlier.


A sport center of international standards will be built to the north of the Red River to serve major events like the Asian Games and Olympics in the future. Parks and cultural works will be located along the river as well.


The plan has several road networks with bridges and tunnels across the river, the newspaper said.


A feasibility study will be carried out on constructing a high-speed railway between Hanoi and Vinh town in the central province of Nghe Anh, it added.


When it was announced last year, the plan, authored by a collaboration between the US-South Korea consultant joint-venture PPJ, and the Vietnam Institute of Architecture, Urban and Rural Planning, drew considerable criticism from the public and lawmakers for the proposed relocation of the capital city's administrative center.


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