The HCMC People’s Council approved the plan to establish Thu Duc City, which will cover nearly 212 square kilometers to the east of HCMC and have a population of over one million people, at its 21st meeting on October 12.
According to HCMC vice chairman Le Thanh Liem, the city will be established by merging districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc and will be under the jurisdiction of HCMC.
The new city is envisaged to become an innovation and hi-tech town, promoting the growth of HCMC and the southeastern provinces.
An Khanh and Thu Thiem wards of District 2 will be merged with Thu Thiem Ward, which will cover over 3.2 square kilometers. Meanwhile, Binh Khanh and Binh An wards will be merged with An Khanh Ward covering nearly four square kilometers.
As per the plan, several wards of other districts such as 3, 4, 5, 10 and Phu Nhuan will also be rearranged or merged.
Deputy Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam said HCMC will need innovative mechanisms to operate Thu Duc City efficiently. The city should also find solutions to help citizens in the affected areas easily change their administrative documents.
Moreover, the city needs to resolve the land compensation complaints of citizens in the Thu Thiem new urban area in District 2 and the Saigon Hi-tech Park in District 9 before establishing Thu Duc City.
The city’s vice chairman Le Thanh Liem said the city is adjusting the plan before submitting it to the Government and the National Assembly for a review and approval.
Before the plan was passed by the HCMC People’s Council, the governments of districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc consulted the citizens. More than 97% of voters in Thu Duc District agreed with the plan to establish Thu Duc City and for it to be called Thu Duc.
In District 2, 82% of voters or more than 59,600 people agreed with the establishment and 76% of them approved of the name Thu Duc.
In District 9, over 97% of voters or more than 138,230 people agreed with the establishment and 96% of them agreed with the name. SGT
The idea of establishing Thu Duc City has been supported by experts and voters, but they want a special policy and better name for the city suited to the current epoch and future as well.