The Ministry of Construction announced a master construction plan for the Central Highlands until 2030, with the urbanisation ratio reaching about 40.7 percent by the year, at a ceremony in Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province, on December 2.

The region, comprising the provinces of Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Dak Nong and Lam Dong covering a total area of 54,641 square kilometers, has a strategic position in security, defence and economy.

Under the plan, the total population of the region is predicted to reach over 6.2 million by 2020, with over 2 million people living in urban areas. By 2030, the figures are expected to rise to 7.39 million and 3.1 million, respectively.

Total construction area of the region will be 23,888 hectares by 2020 and 33,475 hectares by 2030, with average per capita area of up to 110-120 square metres and 100-120 square metres, respectively, according to the plan.

The plan sets that until 2020, the region will have 89 urban areas, including 62 upgraded and expanded cities and 27 new ones. By 2030, the number will be increased to 117.

The plan also draws out orientations for the development of services, trade, border trade, economic zones, health care, education, sports, culture, tourism, as well as agro-forestry and industry.

During a conference to announce the plan, regional localities pledged to design measures to manage population and the formation and development of urban and economic areas in line with the plan, while working together to boost regional cooperation.-VNA