Aug 11, 2019 / 05:59

Hanoi speeds up relocation of people from downtown

The Hanoitimes - The city`s authority is expected to reduce the density of Hanoi`s Old Quarter from 823 people/ha to 500 people/ha.

Hanoi has been applying a series of solutions to relocate people from downtown, including the development of urban areas in the north of ​​the Red River, in a bid to ease the extreme demographic density in the city.
An old house in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Photo: Pham Hung
An old house in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Photo: Pham Hung
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Ngo Van Quy said in the immediate future, attention must be paid to solving people’s pressing issues, such as clean water and waste treatment.

Besides, the city’s authority is carrying out the policy of relocating hospitals, universities, headquarters of ministries and agencies to suburban areas, Quy stressed.

Over the past time, Hanoi has strictly controlled the construction of high-rise buildings. Multi-story structures in the core districts of Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hoan Kiem, and some areas of Hai Ba Trung and Tay Ho districts must comply with the regulations on planning and architecture management in the inner city.

In a move to ease demographic concentration in downtown, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has asked the Ministry of Construction to work with Hanoi’s authority to adjust the capital general planning with the focus of developing more urban areas in the north of Red River.

Architect Do Thanh Tung, director of the National Architecture Institution, said in the plan of population relocation, from 1.2 million to 800,000 inhabitants will be resettled out of the inner city.

Suburban areas such as Dong Anh district will play an important role in population resettlement. This is also a good opportunity to build a new, modern, international urban area in Dong Anh district, Tung said.

In addition to focusing on building transport and technical infrastructures, Hanoi needs to accelerate the progress of forming high-tech industrial clusters, technology research and development centers, Tung added.

Hanoi's Old Quarter has an area of about 81 hectares, with a total population of about 66,600 people, for a density of 823 people/ha. Hanoi is expected to reduce the density to 500 people/ha, meaning that about 6,500 households with more than 26,000 people will be relocated, 
according to VnExpress.

The media added that the project is aimed at creating favorable conditions for the preservation and restoration of valuable monuments and ancient architectural works and sustainable urban development in the Old Quarter, thereby contributing to promoting economic development including tourism.