Improving Urban Quality for Green Growth

10:27:54 AM | 14/9/2020

Construction planning plays an important role in orienting the development of space, infrastructure and architectural landscape of urban and rural areas. Over the past time, Binh Dinh province has focused on directing and prioritizing capital to speed up construction planning to improve the quality of urban areas toward green growth and response to climate change. Vietnam Business Forum has an interview with Mr. Le Dang Tuan, Deputy Director of the Binh Dinh Department of Construction, on this topic.

What are local urban planning and outstanding results over the past years?

Over the past years, Binh Dinh has been invested in approved construction and management planning to basically meet local socioeconomic development needs. The urban development in Binh Dinh province ensures focused investment, economized resources and efficient use of resources. Development is based on the principle of creating a driving force for socioeconomic development. Urban development must retain environmental landscapes, protect natural landscapes, go well with high-tech agriculture, green urban eco-tourism, and improve life quality of urban residents. Architecture and construction planning is strictly implemented.

Binh Dinh has strictly implemented the plans approved by the Prime Minister: Binh Dinh regional construction planning to 2035 under Decision 1672/QD-TTg dated November 30, 2018; the adjusted Quy Nhon City and vicinity master plan to 2035, with a vision to 2050, under Decision 495/QD-TTg dated April 14, 2015; and the adjusted master plan for Nhon Hoi Economic Zone to 2040 under Decision 514/QD-TTg dated May 8, 2019.

The province has also formulated and approved master plans like the general planning for Hoai Nhon urban construction to 2035 under Decision 2185/QD-UBND dated June 27, 2019; the adjusted general planning for An Nhon urban area development to 2035 under Decision 4252/QD-UBND dated November 14, 2019; and the general planning for Tay Son urban construction to 2035 under Decision 2248/QD-UBND dated June 9, 2020.

To date, in big urban areas, the coverage rate of regional planning is high: Quy Nhon City and the vicinity reaching 100% and An Nhon Town reaching 68.3%. Currently, Binh Dinh province is completing the coverage of regional planning and establishing zoning plans for Hoai Nhon Town and Tay Son Town after the Tay Son urban construction master plan was approved.

Based on urban planning, urban development has been relatively fast in the past five years and the urbanization rate has increased from 32% to 2015 to 42.6% at present (higher than the average of 39.5% nationwide).

In particular, Quy Nhon City and An Nhon Town have carried out many new urban area projects. The above urban areas have synchronous technical and social infrastructure.

What are your efforts to improve urban quality toward green growth and response to climate change?

We are always determined to develop toward green growth because the community is willing to “exchange expansive land for green trees” and ready to relocate unsuitable construction items to restore the marine environment. Investment projects have helped improve urban strategy towards green growth, including the project for coastal park construction on Xuan Dieu Street, Quy Hoa tourism, science and education urban area, Ecolife Riverside Apartment (including the first EDGE international green standard commercial, service and apartment building in Quy Nhon); An Phu Thinh new urban area, and Dai Phu Gia urban area.

Improving urban drainage capacity and flooding prevention has also been promoted with various projects like upgrading rivers and streams passing urban areas, Long Van - Long My canal for water drainage in Bau Lat Lake and surrounding residential areas in Bui Thi Xuan and Tran Quang Dieu wards, and embankment against landslide and flooding in the downstream of the Ha Thanh River.

We are also investing in construction and upgrade of low-income residential areas. In addition, in the near future, the province will continue to carry out such projects as the Artificial Intelligence Center - Supporting Urban Area, Long Van Urban Area; Nhon Binh new urban area; East - North Dieu Tri green urban area; Diem Van urban and ecotourism area; and Hoi Van resort in Phu Cat district.

Driven by construction planning and infrastructure investment of residential areas and new urban areas, the urban-rural appearance of Binh Dinh province has improved significantly.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum