Can Tho seeks Spain’s support in urban planning | Company
Can Tho (VNA) – The city of Can Tho wishes to receive financial support for the implementation of urban planning of Spain and its experience to help it develop a clever city as well as fully exploiting the cultural and architectural values of the banks of the Can Tho River, said vice chairman of the municipal people’s committee Duong Tan Hien.
He made this statement on May 6 during a working session with Nesto Santos Franco, economic and commercial counselor at the Spanish Embassy in Vietnam, on the proposals relating to the urban reconstruction plan and the development of a new model for the city’s downtown in accordance with the Transit Oriented Development Model (TOD).
TOD can be considered a model of urban development that optimizes residential, business and leisure space within walking distance of public transport
Can Tho has implemented many projects to expand its cultural and commercial centers and architectural landscapes, Hien said, adding that however, the city’s urban development is still not commensurate with its central position in the Mekong Delta. .
The urban plan will extend over 360 hectares, focusing mainly on the Can Tho banks. It aims to improve the architectural landscape and cultural and commercial services in the Ninh Kieu wharf area.
Franco said he greatly appreciated the initiative and feasibility of the downtown urban reconstruction and development plan, adding that Spain has a lot of experience in developing this model.
Spain and Vietnam have signed many financial cooperation programs with priority given to climate change response, he said, adding that these are advantages for Spain to support Can Tho to implement the plan effectively.
Franco suggested that the city focus on the detailed planning of urban infrastructure development included in the plan.
Attention should be given to expanding a tram system, which can connect the Ninh Kieu wharf area with nearby localities, he said./.