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Planners learn from mistakes

Update: March, 04/2013 - 03:00

A new urban area to the west of Ha Noi City. The city People's Committee ordered authorised agencies to pay more attention to new urban areas that lack school and hospital. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh

HA NOI (VNS)— Ha Noi People's Committee and relevant agencies would pay more attention to social infrastructure projects in the city's new urban areas this year to better meet local residents' basic needs, said vice chairwoman of the committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc.

The lack of basic social infrastructure, including schools and hospitals, in newly developed urban areas resulted in inconvenience to residents in such areas and increased burdens on infrastructure in surrounding areas.

According to the city's Construction Department, there are 152 approved new urban areas across the city, covering a total area of over 44,400ha, expected to be home to about 2 million people.

However, until now, only 10 of the new urban areas with area of 466ha are basically completed, including the New Urban Areas of Trung Yen, Nam Trung Yen in Cau Giay District, My Dinh 1 and My Dinh 2 in Tu Liem District.

Another 50 are having facilities constructed and the rest, 92 areas, are preparing for construction.

Moreover, according to the approved urban development plans of the 10 completed new urban areas, they should have 38 schools. However, only 27 schools have been completed, of which only four are public schools built with State funding.

The municipal People's Committee pointed out that investors mostly pumped investment to housing and service projects, to get their money back quickly, rather than social infrastructure.

Poor performance in planning and managing new urban areas was also a contributor to the absence of schools or other social infrastructure in urban development projects.

For example, when approving new urban area developments, it was necessary to identify funding sources for such infrastructure: schools would be built with State-budget or private investment. The move could help to prevent the situation in which people move to live in a new urban areas but no school is available there for their children.

In some cases, investors in such social infrastructure projects delayed fulfilling their responsibilities but punishment was not strict enough.

Vice chairwoman Ngoc said that ensuring synchronous social infrastructure for people living in newly developed urban areas was to meet their legitimate needs, and urged drastic measures to tackle the shortage.

She asked the Construction Department to tighten inspections and supervise the implementation of such social projects in new urban areas, then timely propose punishments for violating investors.

She emphasised that the city would withdraw land-use rights of investors who were allocated land to carry out social infrastructure projects but the projects were behind schedules by over 12 months.

The city would also review and estimate populations in new urban areas and their demand, then update development plans, adding more items of social infrastructure if necessary, she said. — VNS

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