Those who ignore or collude with each other to shatter urban development planning not only make the lives of urban people increasingly confined and suffocated, but also jam development space for the future. Hanoi and HCM City residents feel this most clearly. In the morning, when leaving home to go to the office and school, and in the afternoon, when returning home, they have to struggle on the road with the flow of people and exhaust from cars and motorbikes. In the summer sun, people are subjected to the scorching heat because of the asphalt effect, concrete houses, and the heat from air conditioners and engines. When it rains, people have to struggle because the roads turn into rivers and streams. Most of the elderly do not have places for relaxation, while children have no place to play. When people feel tired, they need cool spaces to walk and rest in, but it is just a far-away dream. The problem is difficult to settle, so people as well as the next generations will suffer. What … [Read more...] about Who spoils Hanoi’s planning?
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Poor urban development planning and the intentional adjustment of development plans to serve certain interest groups will affect development of physical spaces for many generations. A report from the National Assembly shows that 1,400 development plans have been adjusted one to six times, and the adjustments are made to increase benefits for investors, reduce spaces for public interest, and ignore people’s interests. This is very worrying. HCM City The continuous adjustments of hundreds and thousands of urban development programs cause social damage and loss of trillions of dong to the State. But most importantly, the status of planning projects, or adjustment of planning by "speculation", "going to night" or "collusion", creates negative public opinion. Hanoi is jampacked Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked to urgently address the issues related to urban area programming in the capital city. A report from the National Assembly shows that 1,400 development … [Read more...] about Hanoi, HCM City pay heavy price for poor planning
The event will be co-organized by the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Construction, Ha Noi Municipal People's Committee of Viet Nam; Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan (MOE-Japan); the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP); and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development of Division for Sustainable Development Goals/ UN DESA. The Form will be supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation, Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicles Association, Bus World Academy, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Eco-Mo Foundation, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), International Union of Railways (UIC), Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, Research for Community Access … [Read more...] about VN to hosts 12th Inter-gov Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum
Work on Bến Thành Central Station, part of HCM City’s metro line number 1, Bến Thành-Suối Tiên has slowed down. Total public investment spending reached VNĐ192 trillion (US$8.25 billion) from January-September, meeting 49.14 per cent of the Prime Minister’s target set for 2019. — Photo cafef.vn HÀ NỘI — Total public investment spending reached VNĐ192 trillion (US$8.25 billion) from January-September, the Ministry of Finance reported at an online meeting yesterday. The figure represented 45.17 per cent of the National Assembly’s target and 49.14 per cent of the Prime Minister’s target set for 2019. It was also lower than the figure set in the first nine months of 2018, the ministry said. Seven ministries and sectors and 14 provinces reported the disbursement rate of public investment spending was more than 70 per cent. Thirty-one ministries and … [Read more...] about Public spending lags behind plan
Rubbished piled up on Lò Đúc Street in Hà Nội last week. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tùng Khánh Dương Stepping out of their doors into the scorching heat last week, Hanoians choked on the foul smell of piles of trash left on the streets. The usual destination for Hà Nội’s rubbish, Nam Sơn Waste Treatment Complex, had been blocked by local residents, preventing garbage trucks from entering the site. Residents of Sóc Sơn District in the outlying north of the city's urban core have been suffering for years from the obnoxious smell, mosquitoes and other health problems caused by the nearby dump. They took matters into their own hands, blocking the garbage trucks and asking for compensation from local authorities for their land before they agree to relocate. This was not the first time they chose to block trucks in protest of slow compensation after several … [Read more...] about Trash hurts cash: Environmental issues threaten economy