Hanoi to relocate Old Quarter residents

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A beer shop in the Old Quarter in Hanoi. Photo: Thuy Hang

The Hanoi government officially has announced plans to relocate 6,500 households from the famous Old Quarter to a new residential area to preserve the quarter’s historical value. 
According to a recent official decree, the Hanoi People’s Committee approved the construction of the Viet Hung residential area in Long Bien District for more than 26,000 relocated residents. 
Under the plan, 17 apartment high rises will be constructed.
The campus will include a kindergarten, a primary school, a medical care center and other public works.
Construction is expected to wrap up in 2016. 
Around one third of the relocated residents will be allowed to hire out kiosks to do business on the first floor of the buildings. 
Hanoi plans to reduce the population in the Old Quarter, which contains many houses built during the 18th-19th centuries.
Ultimately, the city would like to reduce the area's density to 500 people per hectare by 2020.
According to official statistics, in 2010, the Old Quarter was home to more than 66,000 people with a density of 823 people per hectare. 
The 81-hectare historic quarter occupies 10 wards in Hoan Kiem District. The municipal government said the high density strains to the district's infrastructure and environmental health.

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