VietNamNet Bridge – The Construction Ministry has submitted a revised Ha Noi Master Plan draft to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for approval.
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The Construction Ministry has submitted a revised Ha Noi Master Plan draft to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for approval.
The draft confirms that Ba Dinh District is the country's political centre. The municipal administrative centre would remain near Hoan Kiem Lake.
Accordingly, national cultural centres will be linked with the West Lake-Co Loa, West Lake-Van Tri-Soc Temple, West Lake-Ba Vi axis and western West Lake transit routes.
Financial and commercial centres will be built in new urban areas. Transportation routes and key stations will be built in Ha Dong, Dan Phuong, Hoai Duc, Thuong Tin and Thanh Tri districts.
Administrative agencies for the Party, National Assembly, State and the Government will remain in Ba Dinh.
According to the draft, the ministry will be able to develop urban centres along the Hong (Red) River and in the West Lake-Co Loa area.
The city's southern centre would connect with road 4 and would go north through Me Linh, Dong Anh, Gia Lam and Long Bien districts.
The population in inner Ha Noi, from south of the Red River to ring road 2, should be reduced from 1.2 million to 800,000. The area would be designated as the Thang Long cultural and heritage preservation area.
Infrastructure, architect and green space in the area would be improved. The draft also mentioned that old collective houses would be upgraded or rebuilt. More trees would be planted and additional parking lots will be built.
The draft also suggested building five satellite urban areas in Hoa Lac, Son Tay, Xuan Mai, Phu Xuyen-Phu Minh and Soc Son with green corridors.
The city would construct six to eight lane expressways that directly connect with Ha Noi.
The transportation routes would include a north-south expressway; Thang Long Boulevard to northern Hoa Binh Province; HCM Expressway; and national highways 1,2,3,5,6 and 32.
The construction of the controversial Thang Long traffic axis, which would link West Lake and Ba Vi District, was also proposed in the draft. Under the plan, the capital would build eight urban railways, including five approved routes and three new ones that would go from Noi Bai-Phu Dien-Ha Dong-Ngoc Hoi, Me Linh-An Khanh-Duong Noi and Mai Dich-Yen So-Linh Nam-Duong Xa.
According to the draft, six subways in the inner city would be built and Ha Noi Station would be the transport centre for all of the routes.
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