Hał Noäi expansion aims to create more livable city
A major construction drive in the capital city during the past five years has focused on housing projects for low-income earners and students as well as developing new urban areas that offer residents a higher standard of living.
Five years on since Haø Noäi expanded its borders to the surrounding provinces of Haø Taây and Hoøa Bình, its latest residents are delighted with their new lives.
Löu Vaên Thaønh, 32, and his family could not be happier with their flat in Trung Hoøa - Nhaân Chính, one of the new and modern apartment buildings spawned by the expansion.
"The living environment in the area is fresh and vibrant in comparison to our old place, with trees planted all around our apartment building," said Thaønh, adding that his flat had been a hit with the whole family.
Thaønh said key infrastructure such as schools, clinics, electricity and water supplies was readily available in the area.
"Before going to work in the city, we send our two children to a local kindergarten near our apartment. We can travel to work by bus because they arrive every five minutes. It's very convenient for us," said Thaønh.
He said they also enjoyed the peaceful surroundings, where was much less noise compared to their previous inner-city dwelling.
Thaønh's wife, Hoaøng Thuùy Haø, saves a lot of time buying groceries for their daily meals because there is a supermarket on the ground floor of the building.
"Since moving to the new urban area, I only have to shop once a week, whereas in the past I had to go to the open air market every day to buy various items for my family as each market only certain products," said Haø.
She said people in the new urban area also enjoyed easier access to services such as banks and health clinics.
"We don't have to go far for banking or medical check-ups, particularly when my children are ill."
Haø's home assistant Buøi Thò Vieät, from Phuù Thoï Provinceï is also a fan’ of the new area. Every afternoon her friends from the apartment block gather in the grounds to catch up and share work tips.
"We are poor farmers from different provinces such as Phuù Thoï and Haø Nam, who had to leave our homes to find work as domestic helpers. We would be very sad if we don't have such a pleasant environment to explore with our friends and stave off our homesickness," said Vieät.
New urban areas should have such sufficient infrastructure before property sales take place, because those lacking in infrastructure will quickly become stagnant areas, he said.
Nguyeãn Vaên Thaùi, director of the Trung Hoøa-Nhaân Chính management board, said there are many couples born in the 1980s living in the apartments. Many of them escaped from the narrow and polluted inner-city streets, while others moved from
sold provinces such Thanh Hoùa.
Vuõ Thò Lan and her husband Tröông Quoác Thaéng, arrived from the northern province of Cao Baèng. After both graduating from Haø Noäi Medical University, the pair have gained jobs at Hospital E in Caàu Giaáy District.
Before moving to Myõ Ñình new urban area, the couple had to lease a 14sq.m house in Leâ Ñöùc Thoï Street in Caàu Giaáy District, where even the air was tired and stale.
"We've been married for three years now but we didn't dare have a child before because the polluted environment would have had dangerous impacts on the child's health," said Lan.
"We bought a 56sq.m flat in Myõ Ñình last year and we're very happy to live here. I'm now pregnant and we're expecting our first child by the end of this year."
In fact, Haø Noäi has many large new urban areas such as Myõ Ñình
- Meã Trì and Nam Trung Yeân, but they still lack schools, kindergartens, parks, stadiums and trading centres, according to Deputy director of the Haø Noäi
as Ngheä An and