Climate change adaptation featured in HCM City’s master plan
Ho Chi Minh City’s master plan aims for the southern metropolis to develop into the country’s largest economic hub for tourism, industrial services, and high-tech agriculture by 2040, with a particular focus on climate change adaptation.
According to a Government decision regarding the master plan, the southern city is expected to have a population of between 13 million and 14 million people by 2040 and 16 million by 2060. In line with this, it plans to allocate between 100,000ha and 110,000ha of land for urbanisation by 2040.
The city will remain as the country’s economic and technological hub, with a primary focus on innovation as part of the national urban development strategy.
The master plan with see Ho Chi Minh City develop a complete infrastructure which links the city with neighbouring provinces. As a result, newly established Thu Duc city will be developed into an innovative city model that will aim to support the development of Ho Chi Minh City and the southern region.
Furthermore, the southern city will integrate urban development with transit-oriented development (TOD), including underground-based public transport solutions.
Moreover, the scheme will require the effective use of the city’s natural conditions and ecosystems in order to protect the environment and adapt to climate change.
The Government has requested that the city’s People’s Committee develop a plan to allocate capital and approve the total cost estimate, whilst working alongside the Ministry of Construction and others to make adjustments to the master plan.
Moving forward, Ho Chi Minh City has set a goal of becoming an international trade and financial centre by 2060 in the Asia-Pacific region. The city will strive to create an appealing working environment that boasts a diverse culture, heritage conservation, and a scenic river system.
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