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$4.2bn smart city project initiated in northern Hanoi

Sunday, October 06, 2019, 17:02 GMT+7
$4.2bn smart city project initiated in northern Hanoi
The groundbreaking of the smart city project is organized in Hanoi on October 6, 2019. Photo: Xuan Long / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Sunday morning kick-started a US$4.2 billion smart urban project located in northern Hanoi.

The Bac Ha Noi (North Hanoi) Smart City Plan covers an area of 272 hectares in Hai Boi, Vinh Ngoc, and Kim No Communes in Dong Anh District.

It will be connected with downtown Hanoi and Noi Bai International Airport to create a launch pad for socio-economic development.

The project consists of six main features, namely smart energy, smart traffic, smart governance, smart learning, smart economy, and smart life.

The urban area is designed to boast schools, medical centers, security systems, natural disaster prevention, commercial areas, as well as green park areas, ponds and lakes, and sakura trees.

Illustrations of the smart city project. Photo: Xuan Long / Tuoi Tre

An illustration of the smart city project. Photo: Xuan Long / Tuoi Tre

PM Phuc previously approved a joint venture between Vietnam’s BRG Group and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation as the developer of the project.

The joint venture will formulate a detailed plan on the application of smart and modern technologies such as 5G networks, facial recognition, and an intelligent system that can monitor air and water quality, weather developments, and give warnings of disaster risks, all of which are aimed at ensuring safe and convenient life for citizens.

According to Nguyen Duc Chung, chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, this is the first-ever smart city project to be initiated in Hanoi and Vietnam in general.

The project is expected to be complete in 2028, said Nguyen Thi Nga, chairwoman of BRG Group.

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