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Hanoi to reduce population downtown

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Hanoi to reduce population downtown

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Hanoi needs to build suburbs to reduce the population in its hub to 800,000, suggests an expert, who believes that attractive infrastructure plans would encourage residents to move out of downtown. 

Ngo Trung Hai, head of the Construction Ministry’s Vietnam Institute of Architecture, Urban and Rural Planning, said that there are 1.2 million people in Hanoi’s centre and his institute’s plan to move several schools to the suburbs can help realocate around 300,000 students.  

“With attractive infrastructure plans in the subrbs, other residents whose houses in the centre are too small will be attracted to the suburbs naturally. That’s real demand,” he said. 

Hanoi authorities plan to relocate around 1800 households from the Old Quarter in Hoan Kiem District to a new urban area in Long Bien district, named Viet Hung.  

Hanoi has failed several times with similar relocation attempts because residents can’t be forced to move and this time a better plan will be developed, Hai said. 

However the goal of the city is to build what the suburbs lack. Hanoi has required all new residential areas to have sufficient infrastructure, including kindergartens, schools, supermarkets and parks.

Source: VietnamNet

Source: QDND

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