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Developing Da Nang faces growing pains

Update: November, 22/2013 - 08:09

Da Nang will face challenges in dealing with serious problems resulting from rapid urbanization, heard a seminar on international co-operation on Wednesday. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang

DA NANG (VNS) — The central city faces serious problems from rapid urbanisation as its population is estimated to rise to 2.5 million by 2030, said Shizuo Iwata of Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) Viet Nam.

At a seminar on international co-operation sponsored by Japanese cities to discuss comprehensive urban development, and held on Wednesday in Da Nang City, Iwata said a survey from JICA showed that the central city will face traffic congestion by 682,000 vehicles, of which 94.1 per cent will be motorbikes.

"The city will also face challenges in dealing with deficient apartments for medium and low income people. Living standards and current infrastructure will become a burden to the booming population and 10 million tourists by 2030," Iwata said.

"Da Nang is very vulnerable to climate change and disasters, which would lower living conditions for 2.5 million people during the next 17 years," he added.

He suggested that the city should develop a smart traffic system, including Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail Transit, parking and pedestrian areas to deal with future challenges brought on by rapid urbanisation.

Iwata also said Da Nang has yet to connect to the world market due to its small scale economy, poor logistics and limited international flights.

He added that the city is less well-known than Hoi An and Hue due to less promotion of its tourism.

Vice chairman of the city Phung Tan Viet said Da Nang has boosted co-operation in urban development with Japanese cities and JICA.

He said Da Nang and Japan's Yokohama had signed a Memorandum of Understanding on technical co-operation in the fields of eco-friendly development, education, science, economics, environment and investment.

The central city also seeks investment from the private sector and science organisations in ecological urban development, he added.

As scheduled, JICA will help Da Nang improve its Lien Chieu water supply plant and Tien Sa port's second phase with US$86 million sourcing from the Asia Development Bank.

Funds will also be used to relocate the city's railway station and rebuild Lien Chieu Port in the next few years. — VNS

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