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​Old airport on Phu Quoc Island to become urban zone

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 18:03 GMT+7

An old airport in Phu Quoc, a touristy island off the southern Vietnamese province of Kien Giang, is now set to be turned into an urban area, according to a plan unveiled by officials on Tuesday.

A meeting was organized by the Kien Giang Department of Construction and the Phu Quoc People’s Committee in the morning to announce the detailed plan for the island’s old airport.

The airfield covering an area of 78.88 hectares will become a new urban area with modern architecture, various services, and an improved living environment.

The neighborhood will include an administrative center, a court, a shopping mall, office buildings, service centers, hotels, and apartment blocks.

Over 9,000 square meters within the area will be reserved for green trees, parks and flower gardens.

Some 4,000 square meters of land will be allocated for the establishment of a wastewater treatment plant, power stations, and communication centers.

The overall design of the urban zone will focus on public spaces and ensure a people-friendly vibe.

Planners will also take into consideration the advantages and disadvantages of the island’s geographical and climatic features to prepare measures to cope with climate change while minimizing energy consumption.

Speaking at the meeting, Dinh Khoa Toan, chairman of the Phu Quoc administration, stated that all islanders will be kept informed of the plan.

He urged the provincial People’s Committee to soon initiate the project as it will contribute greatly to local development.

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