Developing Binh Duong Modern and Environment-Friendly Urban Zone

5:25:01 PM | 4/1/2012

Binh Duong province has adopted the urban development programme in the 2011 - 2015 phase, with vision to 2020. This is considered a groundbreaking urban development programme, aiming to build Binh Duong into a development engine of the southern key economic zone and a centrally governed city. The development is based on civilisation, modernity, identity, environmental friendliness and increased living quality of people.
Mr Huynh Van Minh, Deputy Director of Binh Duong Department of Construction, said: The overall goal of the programme is to develop Binh Duong urban zone into a development pole of the southern key economic zone; a political, economic, cultural, scientific, technical, defence and security centre; and an industrial, service, trade and tourism zone. Binh Duong expects to become the first grade urban zone by 2015 and the centrally governed city by 2020. Industrial and service development is associated with the process of urbanisation and new countryside construction. The province will build Hoa Phu new urban zone into the centre of the province, upgrade Thu Dau Mot, Thuan An and Di An towns, and beautify satellite towns.
Agricultural and rural development is attached to new countryside criteria and urban development plan in Binh Duong province. The locality will create public consensus in land compensation, site clearance and resident resettlement to develop urban zones. In particular, the province strives to attain average annual economic growth of 14 percent. The urbanisation rate will reach 75 percent by 2015 and 85 percent by 2020. Poverty rate will be reduced to less than 9 percent.
Mr Minh said the province will develop southern centralised urban space cluster and northern satellite urban zones with Thu Dau Mot being the centre. The Binh Duong urban system is linked to the urban areas of Ho Chi Minh City. According to the development orientation, Binh Duong province will include a city, 5 towns and four districts with 49 wards, 11 townlets and 51 communes in 2015. It will meet the first-grade urban zone criteria in 2020 and become a centrally run city with six urban districts, four suburban districts, 60 wards, 13 towns and 40 communes.
Together with urban space development, the province also focuses on developing technical infrastructures. With respect to traffic systems, it coordinates with central authorities to build inter-regional transportation projects like Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh highway (Binh Phuoc) and ring roads.
It will focus on developing transport systems in accordance with the Binh Duong overall urban construction plan; connect high-speed transport infrastructures and artery traffic routes into the Ho Chi Minh City region; and develop elevated roads.
Regarding water supply and drainage, the province will invest to build main urban water drainage networks associated with urban landscape investment; and upgrade old urban water drainage systems to ensure environmental hygiene. All factories in industrial zones must treat wastewater to meet environmental standards and regulations. The province will provide an average of 150 litres of clean water for a person in Binh Duong urban zone and reduce the rate of water loss to less than 10 percent.
To achieve these objectives, the province will review and adjust the socioeconomic development master plan, industry development plans in association with Binh Duong urban construction plan. It will give priority to urban infrastructure investment and attract investment capital from all economic sectors with different investment forms like BOT (build - operate - transfer), BT (build - transfer), PPP (public private partnership) and others.
Thanh Thao