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Hanoi to build 16 buildings for relocation of overcrowded Old Quarter
Anh Kiet 05:02, 2019/07/09
The project is aimed at creating favorable conditions for the preservation and restoration of valuable monuments and ancient architectural works and sustainable urban development in Hanoi`s Old Quarter.
Hanoi’s authority has approved the construction of 16 ten-storey buildings to resettle people currently living in the city’s Old Quarter.

Hanoi’s authority has assigned the municipal Department of Planning and Architecture and Hoan Kiem district People's Committee to study increasing the height and the substructures of the buildings to ensure the project’s cost effectiveness.
 
Illustrative photo
A downgraded building in the Old Quarter
Currently, Hoan Kiem district People's Committee is selecting investors. It is expected that the project procedures will be finalized in the third quarter this year and the project will kick off in Q4.

In 2002, Hanoi city started building Viet Hung urban area in Long Bien district to relocate the people from the Old Quarter in a move to ease the extreme demographic density in this area. However, by 2013, when the first phase of the project was completed, only about 7,000 people or about 1,500 households were resettled, leaving the population extreme density intact. 

The second phase of the project will need large land reserve to build housing for about 5,000 families, and will be implemented in another place instead of Viet Hung as previously conceived. 

The projects will be executed from the fourth quarter of 2019 and completed in 2020.

Hanoi's Old Quarter has an area of about 81 hectares, with a total population of about 66,600 people, for a density of 823 people/ha. Hanoi is expected to reduce the density to 500 people/ha, meaning that about 6,500 households with more than 26,000 people will be relocated.

The project is aimed at creating favorable conditions for the preservation and restoration of valuable monuments and ancient architectural works and sustainable urban development in the Old Quarter, thereby contributing to promoting economic development including tourism.
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