HCM CITY HCM City is expected to become a megacity with population of 10 million by 2020 under a plan drafted by the local Department of Construction.
The plan also envisages having several satellite cities stretching out in areas surrounding the city which will have District 1 and the proposed Thu Thiem in District 2 at its centre.
The megacity would be bordered by Binh Duong Province s Di An District in the north-east and have Districts 2, 9, and Thu Duc as its satellites in that direction.
This region sees many big-ticket projects like the Thu Thiem Bridge, Thu Thiem Tunnel, and East-West Boulevard.
It is thought to have the best location of the four satellite cities because of its adjacency to Thu Thiem and availability of land.
In the south-east, the city would be bordered by Dong Nai Province s Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts and have Nha Be, Binh Chanh, and Can Gio districts forming the satellite city.
It has the completed Phu My Hung, 433 hectares of world-class office and apartment blocks.
An 850ha eco-tourism zone will come up in Can Gio and a port township in Nha Be.
Binh Tan and Binh Chanh districts will form the satellite city in the south-west and be the gateway to the Mekong Delta.
In the north-west, Cu Chi and Hoc Mon districts will form the satellite.
Associate Professor Dr Nguyen Minh Hoa of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities called for giving top priority to developing one of the four regions first.
Nguyen Dang Son of the Institution of Urban Studies and Infrastructure Development did not approve the idea of developing a megacity, saying the satellite cities would increase traffic congestion.
He said building cities by combining housing and work areas would be preferable.
The expanded city is expected to cover 100,000 hectares of land, providing 80 to 100sq.m of space per capita against the current rate of 13.4sq.m. VNS