Many factories are located in Tây Bắc Industrial Park in HCM City's Củ Chi District. — Photo www.sggp.org.vn
HCM CITY — The development of HCM City's Northwestern Urban Area is expected to attract increased investment, drive economic growth of neighbouring areas, and strengthen relations with Cambodia and other ASEAN countries.
The city's Northwestern Urban Area, located in Hóc Môn and Củ Chi districts, is on the trans-Asia axis connecting the city and Tây Ninh Province with Cambodia via the proposed HCM City - Mộc Bài Expressway.
It is located in an area near ring roads No 3 and 4, which connect fast-growing and dynamic localities such as Tây Ninh Province’s Trảng Bom District, Đồng Nai Province’s Biên Hòa City, Bình Dương Province’s Dĩ An and Thủ Dầu Một cities, and Long An Province’s Đức Hòa and Đức Huệ districts.
The development of the Northwestern Urban Area is expected to be the driving force for growth of these neighbouring areas.
The completion and operation of a double-tunnel project at An Sương intersection between HCM City’s District 12 and Hóc Môn District helps reduce traffic congestion at the city’s northwest gateway.
The new double tunnel plays an important role in removing transport bottlenecks, and improves connections with the city’s Northwestern Urban Area.
HCMC is also implementing several major transport projects connecting to the northwestern urban area, including the HCM City - Mộc Bài Expressway project between HCM City and Tây Ninh Province, and the Metro Line No 2 project linking Bến Thành Market in District 1 with Tham Lương Bus Terminal in District 12 and Củ Chi District.
HCMC and Tây Ninh Province are working with the Ministry of Transport to start construction of the HCM City- Mộc Bài Expressway project later this year or early next year.
The Metro Line No 2 project is speeding up site clearance and compensation for affected households. The HCM City Urban Railway Management Board said that land has been handed over for construction of stations S10 and S11 on Phạm Văn Bạch Street in Bình Tân District, and S5 Station on Lê Thị Riêng Street in District 10.
The Metro Line No 2 project is expected to be completed in 2026.
The Hồ Chí Minh Highway section running through Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) connects to HCM City’s Củ Chi District and is being built to link to Long An Province, according to the city’s Department of Planning and Architecture.
Waterways that connect the city centre with other provinces along the Sài Gòn River and Xáng Canal are also being exploited.
Many industrial zones and clusters as well as tourist areas in the city’s northwest section are an important basis for the development of the Northwestern Urban Area.
The Hi-tech Agricultural Park in Củ Chi District, for example, has become a bright spot in science and technology application. It conducts research and applies breeding and tissue culture methods to produce high-quality seedlings, which are provided to farmers in the city and neighboring provinces.
It also provides a wide range of probiotics and fruits in large quantities and ensures food safety for dragon fruit, banana and coconut and other products.
Since 2011, farms in Củ Chi District have offered tourism services, attracting groups of students to visit, study and enjoy real-life work activities and creating more income for locals.
The 650ha Tân Phú Trung Industrial Park near National Highway No 22 and a 100 ha Automotive-Mechanical Industrial Park in the district are expected to attract huge investment in key industries, with priority given to automotive engineering, mechanical engineering, electricity-electronics and supporting industries.
Public land funds are still plentiful in localities in the northwestern area.
Nguyễn Thanh Toàn, former deputy director of the city’s Department of Planning and Architecture, said that new urban areas will be designed with full functions and technical and social infrastructure to meet the demand of investors.
Investment procedures for a 800ha international university urban area, which will be a key functional area in the Northwestern Urban Area, are being implemented.
The municipal People’s Committee has approved the adjustment of the city's Northwestern Urban Area plan.
The area to be adjusted covers over 6,000ha, including Tân Thới Nhì Commune in Hóc Môn District, the communes of Tân An Hội, Phước Hiệp, Tân Phú Trung and Tân Thông Hội and Củ Chi Town in Củ Chi District, the Tây Bắc Solid Waste Treatment Complex, and An Hạ and Thầy Cai canals.
The adjustment plan calls for the use of greenery on uncultivated land and construction of sports grounds on uncultivated land for residential areas, and the use of greenery and water surfaces to create spacious recreational areas for residents.
New residential areas will be located along the main road axis.
Infrastructure will be fully developed for new residential areas, creating favourable conditions for sustainable development of new urban areas and making them attractive to investors.
High-rises in new residential areas will be located along the road axes, including National Highway No 22 and the road along Metro Line No 2.
Buildings for commercial and service centres will be located in the centre of the urban area near Metro Line No 2 stations.
The new urban area will be a centre for trade, and health, cultural, education, sport and entertainment services. It is expected to have a population of about 300,000 residents by 2025. — VNS