Japan searches for site to develop eco-city

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Japan searches for site to develop eco-city

HCMC – A delegation of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on Wednesday had a meeting with HCMC authorities to discuss the land site for developing the Eco City in Vietnam.

By Kinh Luan - The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin (R) and Deputy Director General of MLIT’s City Bureau Hirofumi Hanaoka at the meeting on Wednesday - Photo: Kinh Luan
HCMC – A delegation of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on Wednesday had a meeting with HCMC authorities to discuss the land site for developing the Eco City in Vietnam.

Previously, the HCMC Department of Planning and Architecture and the HCMC Institute for Development Studies recommended sites in Thu Thiem Peninsula in District 2 and Binh Quoi Peninsula in Binh Thanh District.

However, despite highly appreciating the recommendations, Deputy Director General of MLIT’s City Bureau Hirofumi Hanaoka said at the meeting that prudence must be taken in riverside developments.

Tokyo used to develop an eco-urban area at a riverside, and “we have so far spent billions of U.S. dollars overcoming the consequences,” said Hanaoka.

Hanaoka and HCMC vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin shared the opinion that the study of the project must be carried out carefully to avoid bad effects on the environment.

Japan has also showed interests in Binh Duong New City in Binh Duong Province while Hanoi City is also a potential locality for the eco-urban area.

The Japanese delegation will also fly to Hanoi City on Thursday and work with the Ministry of Construction and the capital city’s authorities.

A memorandum of understanding on developing an eco city in Vietnam will be signed this Saturday between the two countries.

The Eco City project started in a meeting of the prime ministers of the two countries is now being deployed by MLIT and Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction.

Do Tu Lan, deputy head of the Department for Urban Development under the ministry, said that developed countries have applied many urban development models. Currently, the eco city model has started to be developed in Vietnam like Ecopark in Hung Yen Province, Ecolakes My Phuoc in Binh Duong Province and Diamond Island in HCMC.

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