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HCM City’s new master plan places quality of life as priority

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A view of Thủ Thiêm new urban area in the new Thủ Đức City. Nguyễn Văn Nên, secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, has said the city’s newly adjusted master plan must give priority to residents’ interests. Photo vietnam-briefing.com

HCM CITY — The newly adjusted master plan for HCM City must ensure that its residents’ interests are a top priority, Nguyễn Văn Nên, secretary of HCM City Party Committee, has said.

Speaking at a meeting on Thursday, Nên said: “The adjustments to the master plan by 2040 must focus on people’s quality of life.

“A number of urban plans that have been approved but haven’t been implemented for many years due to lack of feasibility are seriously affecting the legitimate interests of the people.”

He added: “The city must think carefully about the feasibility of plans to ensure that they will not be postponed for so many years.”

For example, a number of urban planning projects have been delayed for 30 years or more, mostly because of a lack of city funds and site-clearance and compensation problems, requiring a large amount of money. 

The delays have seriously affected the interests of the people, according to Nên.

Trần Hoàng Quân, director of the Department of Construction, said the city should also increase residential land and reduce the amount of agricultural and illegal construction that often occurs. He said that agricultural land in HCM City still accounted for a large proportion (54.4 per cent) of total land, especially in Bình Chánh District (65 per cent).

Lê Hòa Bình, vice chairman of the city People’s Committee, said that the adjusted master plan should be regularly reviewed to ensure its feasibility.

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The city has set a goal by 2060 to become an international trade and financial centre in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to have an attractive working environment with diverse culture and heritage conservation and a scenic river system. Sustainable urban infrastructure and climate-change adaptation are among the goals set by 2060.

According to the revised master plan submitted to the city government by the Department of Planning and Architecture, one of the city’s new urban areas includes the new Thủ Đức City, formed recently by merging districts 2, 9 and Thủ Đức District.

The new Thủ Đức City will accommodate 1.9 million people. The new city will have 18,930ha of land for urban construction by 2030, and 19,994ha by 2040.

It currently has a population of more than 1 million. The figure is expected to reach 1.5 million by 2030, and 1.9 to 2.2 million people by 2040 and 3 million by 2060. 

Under the plan, the new city will implement major projects to create an innovative ecosystem.

These include projects to build the Quang Trung Thủ Đức Software Park, the Advanced Technology and Innovation Centre (under the Department of Science and Technology), a High-Performance Computing Centre, a Creative Start-up Centre, an Advanced Research Institute (under the National University of HCM City), and a Centre for Research and Pharmaceutical Production Products, among others.

The new city will also focus on developing quality human resources. HCM City will offer special incentives to attract investment in these projects. 

As the city’s eastern gateway, the new Thủ Đức City covering 21,156ha will be developed into a centre of innovation to assist the growth of HCM City and seven key economic hubs in the South.

Speaking at the meeting, Nguyễn Thanh Nhã, director of the city Department of Planning and Architecture, said the adjusted city master plan by 2040 covers ​​2,095sq.km and 28.7sq.km of Cần Giờ urban encroachment area. 

Under the adjusted plan, the city will be developed into the nation’s largest economic hub for tourism, industrial services and high-tech agriculture, and will adapt to climate change and rising sea levels.

The city is expected to have 13-14 million people by 2040 and 16 million by 2060. It plans to allocate 100,000-110,000ha of land for urbanisation by 2040. —   

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/976853/hcm-citys-new-master-plan-places-quality-of-life-as-priority.html

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More endangered gray-shanked douc langurs found in central Vietnam

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Nonprofits Save Vietnam’s Wildlife and GreenViet have recently found 10 herds of 104 endangered gray-shanked douc langurs after surveying ten forests in Ba To District in the central province of Quang Ngai.

“These are very rare douc langurs that need urgent conservation,” said Ngo Vinh Phong, head of the Quang Ngai Forest Protection Department.

They are included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of threatened species.

In the world, the gray-shanked douc langur is only found in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, according to Tran Huu Vy, director of GreenViet. 

An endangered gray-shanked douc langur and its infant are seen in Ba To District, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Quoc Huy / Tien Phong

An endangered gray-shanked douc langur and its offspring are seen in Ba To District, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Quoc Huy / Tien Phong

In Vietnam, it is estimated that there are only 2,200 – 2,500 gray-shanked douc langurs in the wild, distributed in Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai Provinces.

Vy and many experts are calling for the establishment of a nature reserve at the place where the 104 gray-shanked douc langurs were discovered in Ba To District.

The new reserve will border existing nature reserves in Gia Lai and Binh Dinh Provinces.

Endangered gray-shanked douc langurs are hunted in Ba To District, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. Photo: T.M. / Tien Phong

Endangered gray-shanked douc langurs are hunted in Ba To District, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. Photo: T.M. / Tien Phong

Reports showed that about 86 gray-shanked douc langurs were caught in the central and Central Highlands provinces in the 2010-20 period. 

In Ba To District, forest rangers caught a case of five gray-shanked douc langurs being hunted and launched legal proceedings against the people involved.

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Ho Chi Minh City’s sky turns gray due to air pollution

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The sky of Ho Chi Minh City had a dull gray color with a thick layer of gloomy mist as air pollution worsened on Thursday morning, according to experts.

Many buildings and skyscrapers were covered by the leaden mist around 9:00 am and 10:00 am as observed by Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.

The foggy, murky weather often occurs in the southern region in the year-end season, the experts said.

This image shows the gloomy sky of the eastern area of Ho Chi Minh City on December 1, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tien Phong

This image shows the gloomy sky of the eastern area of Ho Chi Minh City on December 1, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tien Phong

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment called this phenomenon photochemical smog, a term used to describe a form of air pollution that occurs in the troposphere and is caused by sunlight acting on emissions.

Compounds created from this procedure are harmful to human health and reduce visibility.

This image shows the gloomy sky in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City on December 1, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tien Phong

This image shows the gloomy sky in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City on December 1, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tien Phong

Monitoring results from November 14 to 20 showed that 42.9 percent of the total suspended particulate (TSP) values, all noise indicators, and 9.5 percent of the fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) indicators did not meet requirements.

This image shows the gloomy sky in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City on December 1, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tien Phong

This image shows the gloomy sky in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City on December 1, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tien Phong

Meanwhile, Le Thi Xuan Lan, former deputy head of the southern hydro-meteorological station, who calls the phenomenon ‘dust-mixed smog,’ explained that as the rainy season has not ended yet, humidity remains high in Ho Chi Minh City.

“Suspended dust clings to water vapor, so we can see it more clearly,” Lan said. 

“This is a sign of air pollution.”

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Ho Chi Minh City to conduct test run of first metro line’s elevated section this month

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Ho Chi Minh City is expected to conduct a test run along the elevated section of its first metro line later this month, according to secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen.

During a meeting on Wednesday, Nen directed relevant agencies to speed up and put into use key projects, especially the long-stalled metro line No. 1.

According to the report of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, the metro line project is now 92.89 percent complete.

The developer and contractor are expected to conduct the trial run of the elevated section from Suoi Tien Terminal to Binh Thai Station in late December.

In late January, the developer will carry out the trial operation of the elevated section along with the automatic train protection (ATP), automatic train operation (ATO), and automatic train supervision (ATS) systems.

The developer will strive to complete the installation of equipment on the entire route by April.

The trial operation of the entire route is expected to take place in August, while the project will come on stream by the end of 2023.

Metro line No. 1 is 19.7 kilometers long, including 2.6 kilometers of underground railways and 17.1 kilometers of elevated tracks.

It runs from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to Suoi Tien Theme Park in Thu Duc City through three underground stations and 11 stops above the ground.

The line has 17 trains, each consisting of three cars and designed to run at up to 110 kilometers per hour above the ground and 80 kilometers per hour underground.

Each Japanese-manufactured train is 61.5 meters long and can carry 930 passengers, including 147 seating and 783 standing guests.

The metro project, which started in August 2012, carries a price tag of VND43.7 trillion (US$1.9 billion).

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