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May 16, 2023 / 16:15

Hanoi explores setting up two cities under capital administration

An additional international airport would be built to serve the capital city and the country's northern region.

Hanoi will consider establishing two cities within Hanoi, one north of the Red River covering three districts of Dong Anh, Me Linh, and Soc Son, and another west of the capital covering two localities of Hoa Lac and Xuan Mai.

 Hanoi from above. Photo: Viet Dung/The Hanoi Times

The guidelines for this move were mentioned in conclusion No. 118-KL/TU after the conclusion of the 12th Conference of the Municipal Party Committee for the 2020-2025 term.

During the 12th conference, held on April 26-27, the municipal leaders discussed three main issues, including the master plan for the adjustment of Hanoi's general construction planning to 2030, with a vision to 2050; the outline of the direction for the capital planning period from 2021 to 2030, with a vision to 2050; and the progress in the development of the amended Capital Law.

On the adjustment of Hanoi Construction General Planning to 2030, the municipal Party Committee stressed the importance of adhering to the principles of "civilization - modernization - progress".

In this regard, the revised plan should build on the Hanoi Capital Construction General Plan approved by the Prime Minister in Decision No. 1259/QD-TTg on July 26, 2011.

"It should also effectively utilize the city's natural resources, preserve its cultural identity, especially the cultural heritage developed over thousands of years, and recognize it as a valuable resource for the new phase of the capital's development," the conclusion said.

It also noted the importance of conducting further studies on the construction of another international airport.

 Overview of the 12th conference. Photo: Thanh Hai/The Hanoi Times

"Research should be conducted to improve and expand transportation routes connecting various regions with provinces such as Bac Ninh, Hung Yen, and Vinh Phuc. This includes road and railway infrastructure to enhance Hanoi's prominent role and influence as the leading city in the capital region, creating economic and development opportunities for surrounding areas."

In connection with the outline of the capital's planning direction from 2021 to 2030, with a vision to 2050, the City Party Committee stressed the importance of fostering a sense of elegance, dignity, love, civilization, and embodiment of Vietnamese cultural values, conscience, and human dignity among Hanoi residents.

This is in line with Politburo Resolution No. 15-NQ/TW. The Hanoi Party Committee also stressed the need to clarify the role of the tourism industry in the coming period, emphasizing the city's river, lake, and forest systems, taking into account their unique conditions and potential.

In the process of formulating the master plans, the conclusion recommended that the municipal People's Committee should continue to guide relevant agencies and units.

In particular, it should seek the opinions of experts and scholars through established channels, including soliciting input from local authorities and the public. This approach aims to harness the wisdom and collective insight of the people while promoting unity and consensus throughout the planning and implementation stages of the master plans.