|Part of the Dong Tay (East-West) Boulevard along the Tau Hu Canal in HCM City's District 5. The city plans to broaden its boundaries to coastal areas. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai
HCM CITY (VNS)— A master plan has been drawn to expand HCM City to its coastal area with calls for construction of a dyke system, river transport system, seaports and roads.
As part of the plan, the city has invested in the Hiep Phuoc Port Urban in Nha Be District with an area of 4,000 hectares.
Dao Anh Kiet, director of the municipal Natural Resource and Environment Department, said this plan would allow the city to widen spaces for urban development and permit more big ships to dock in the city.
However, there could be problems, especially with the dyke systems, which may make flooding worse, according to Kiet.
Assistant professor and Dr. Ho Phi Long, director of the National University – HCM City's Water Centre and Climate Change, said that he was concerned about financial limits, poor technology, the legal system and the public's lack of awareness of climate change issues.
The city's strategy to move toward the sea focuses on only seaports while the goal includes many other factors, he noted.
"What is the best economic model for moving toward the sea?" said Nguyen Dinh Hung, deputy director of the municipal Planning and Architecture Department.
Assistant Professor Nguyen Trong Hoa, head of the city's Research and Development Institute, said the master plan must ensure green space, flood drainage and sunken areas that would collect water and help reduce flooding downtown.
Kiet said the city would pay attention to six main development trends related to land and water conditions. It would build water preservation areas, reduce saline invasion, and define and protect weak areas as well as protect land around rivers.
HCM City has many similarities to Rotterdam in Holland, according to Enrico Moens, head of a Holland partner consultancy team.
"Many years ago Rotterdam had to move its seaport system from the mainland to the sea to further develop its economy," he said recently at a conference held in the city on climate change. — VNS