Ho Chi Minh City determined to seek ways to tackle urban problems

Addressing a conference to call for investments in relocating those living along canals in the city on February 1, the municipal leader said that Ho Chi Minh City needs investment for six projects involved. Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan talks with investors at the conference. Photo: tuoitre.vn In 2018, the city will need investments for two projects that will help complete the relocation and resettlement of 20,000 households living on and along the canals by 2020. Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee pointed out that the city has faced numerous problems, such as traffic jam, flooding, environmental pollution, and climate change impacts. Particularly, the city still has over 20,000 households living on and along canals, the issue that generations of municipal authorities have tried to tackle. The resolution of the 10th municipal Party Congress set a goal of resettling the 20,000 households by 2020, and the city, with a limited budget, has designed policies to mobilize resources for the work in the public-private partnership, he said. Tran Trong Tuan, Director of the Department of Construction said that the city needs about VND 2.5 trillion from its budget and about VND 23.24 trillion from the community to realize the effort. Director of the World Bank in Vietnam Ousmane Dione pointed to the issues of capital, relocation, and resettlement when the city is undertaking the plan. He suggested the city strongly reform institutions and reinforce inspection and supervision of specialized agencies…. [Read full story]


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