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.

Outlook - - COVER STORY - By Haø Nguyeãn

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

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