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Roads, heritage go together

Update: March, 30/2012 - 10:10


A view of HCM City. Roads bordering the city will be beautified and made safer for motorists and pedestrians. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
HCM CITY — The city's Department of Planning and Architecture has drafted a plan to improve the appearance of areas bordering HCM City's three most significant roads, and make them safer for mortorists and pedestrians.

To achieve this, more public facilities will be built and trees planted along the three roads, Vo Van Kiet Avenue, Tan Son Nhat–Binh Loi Road and Ha Noi Highway.

According to Nguyen Anh Tuan, deputy director of the Department of Planning and Architecture's Centre for Architecture Research, the 24-kilometre Vo Van Kiet Avenue traverses four residential areas, including the new Thu Thiem residential area in District 2, the financial-centre in District 1, Chinatown in District 5 and the river and canal areas in districts 6 and 8.

Under the plan, the new Thu Thiem residential area would contain modern high-rise buildings. District 1 would keep older French-style buildings that represent the old Sai Gon, and any proposal for new buildings would be reviewed so they complement the French architecture.

The proposal also calls for the development of districts 5, 6 and 8 as a hub for trading activities, and envisions the Tau Hu–Ben Nghe Canal, which runs along Vo Van Kiet Avenue, as a floating market for trade and tourism activities.

Under the plan, the 19-km Ha Noi Highway, which is one of the most important gateways to HCM City from other provinces, would be improved.

Huynh Xuan Thu, director of the department's HCM City Planning Information Centre, said that Ha Noi Highway received a great number of vehicles every day, which has caused problems to people living along the road.

A safe distance between the road and residential areas along the highway must be maintained so that residents can access transport and feel safe.

To ensure safety and retain the landscape, pavements, overpasses and other public facilities must be carefully designed and built, Thu said.

Because one end of the Ha Noi Highway adjoins Sai Gon River and the other is contiguous with Dong Nai River, new high-rise buildings along the rivers must be planned well to preserve the beauty of the areas.

Under the proposal, the 15.33-km Tan Son Nhat – Binh Loi Road, which links the Tan Son Nhat Airport to gateways in the northeastern part of the city, would be upgraded into a modern urban residential area.

Currently, the road goes through poorly-built residential areas in Go Vap and Binh Thanh districts. "These areas need upgrading as soon as possible," Thu said.

The city's urban plan also calls for the removal of polluting factories along Ha Noi Highway to other rural areas.

Under the plan, building density would increase with new high-rise buildings in Tan Binh, Go Vap and Binh Thanh districts while Thu Duc District would remain less dense. — VNS

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