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HCMC plans to eliminate 20,000 slum areas by 2025

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Construction, over the past 20 years, the city has removed 36,000 slum areas along canals, but there are still about 20,000 of them.


District 8 has the highest number, totaling over 9,800, mainly along Doi canal, followed by Binh Thanh District with more than 1,800 along Xuyen Tam and Van Thanh canals, and District 7 with over 1,700 along Song Tan pond.

The city aims to relocate 20,000 slums along canals by 2025. However, it needs  huge capital for this task as the budget can cover only 10% of the needed funding.

The goal of eradicating slums by 2025 is difficult to achieve because in 20 years, only people in 36,000 slums were relocated, while only three years are left to remove the remaining 20,000 slums.

Some experts said the city needs to learn from its own experience through the project to clear slums along Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe, and Ben Nghe - Tau Hu canals. Accordingly, on-site resettlement should be a priority as people do not want to move from their homes. 

The city currently has about 12,000 unused resettlement apartments in the Thu Thiem new urban area and many other areas. It is necessary to relocate people to these areas, renovate slums, and build high-rise apartments as relocated sites for residents.

Ho Van 

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