In the short time from October 20 to the end of December 2021, SGGP Newspaper was able to collect several valuable suggestions for the master plan of HCMC, ranging from the organization of urban space, the promotion of the advantage of the city, traffic jams and urban flooding solutions, adaptation methods for climate change, and in particular feasible measures to preserve valuable architectural works and the identity of the city, which is culturally rich.
For example, Tran Van Trai from Thu Duc City said that with a long history and so many name changes, HCMC has welcomed millions of people from different parts of not only this country but also the world, all helping to form a such a cosmopolitan city now. . It has housed communities of many ethnicities such as Chinese (in Districts 5, 6, 11), Cham (District 3 and District 8), Khmer (District 11, Tan Binh District). They brought their own cultures to enrich the modern yet unique architecture of HCMC.
Talking about the identity of the city, Tran Van Truong recommended that the master plan of HCMC should pay great attention to the preservation and proper exploitation of the natural conditions and space of the Saigon River for more sustainable development. and harmonious. He further proposed to use the space along the banks of the river to beautify the city, solve traffic and sewage problems, create multi-functional community facilities and serve touristic purposes.
The development of urban agriculture is also a common idea raised by many people as an essential method for the sustainable growth of HCMC. This type of agriculture is supposed to ensure ecological balance, improve the standard of living of city dwellers, meet urban needs for trees, flowers, food, or provide sanatorium and tourist services. Simultaneously, this activity is a form of work and entertainment to improve the mental and physical health of city dwellers.
Others recommended transforming HCMC into “a city worth living in”. For example, Chung Thanh Huy from District 7 shared that HCMC should ensure the standard of living of its people, increase its ability to attract competitive investment. The current pandemic has proven that solid infrastructure is essential for everyone to feel comfortable in their accommodation. Furthermore, the city must be attractive and safe for people of all ages.
Do Ngo Tran from Thu Duc City suggested a comprehensive redevelopment or adjustment of technical and social facilities, housing to serve citizens, suitable for such rapid development. It is necessary to expand the city and relocate the population to satellite urban areas on the outskirts of HCMC such as North West Urban Area, Binh Chanh, Hoc Mon, Cu Chi, Can Gio suburban areas.
Appropriate land tax and royalty reduction mechanism or preferential investment policies in the periphery can also be applied. It is also advisable to retain some unbuilt or agricultural land in Districts 7, 8, Nha Be, Can Gio and Thu Duc City to avoid unregulated growth of urban areas as well as to protect HCMC from the negative impacts of climate change. .
SGGP newspaper deputy editor Pham Van Truong said at the meeting that in the process of transforming HCMC into a smart city, urban planning adjustment is a vital factor. Therefore, the SGGP journal has reserved a special section for this content to display the related issues that are attracting a lot of public interest. He also received more than 20 valuable detailed writings from readers, experts, business people and even retirees expressing their great concern about this.
Director of HCMC’s Planning and Architecture Department, Nguyen Thanh Nha, said his organization greatly appreciates all helpful ideas and will consider them carefully when working with consulting units during the preparation of the master plan. final plan for the city, in the hope of transforming HCMC into a socio-economic and cultural center not only of the nation but of the entire region.
Planned to become a smart service and industrial city and the economic leader of the Southern Key Economic Zone, HCMC had submitted a draft “Adjusted Master Plan of HCMC till 2025”, approved by the Prime Minister in October 2010. Following this planning, impressive achievements.
However, after 10 years, this master plan has revealed some shortcomings and still needs to be adjusted, leading to the birth of the “Adjusted HCMC Master Plan to 2040, with a Vision to 2060”, endorsed by the Prime Minister in September 2021. It will be completed and should contribute to the sustainable growth of the city.