Ho Chi Minh City plans to expand the integrated political administrative centre to District 2's Thu Thiem urban zone, in a new administrative area that will span more than 700ha, according to a plan by the city administration.

Under the new general plans from now until 2025, approved by the municipal People's Committee, other administrative centres at city level will also be developed in District 9's Long Truong ward by a further 280ha, and the new southern urban area will extend a further 110ha.

Some administrative centres will be relocated to a new 500ha-site in the north-west of the city, and others to a 200ha-site in Binh Chanh District's Tan Kien commune.

The administrative centres at local level will be placed in Hoc Mon (north of the city) and Nha Be (south of the city) districts.

According to the plan, the city will start to develop to the east (along the new HCM City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay highway and in the urban areas along Hanoi Roadway) and in the south (with the development in Nguyen Huu Tho Roadway).

The city will also stretch north-west along national road 22, and west and south-west along Nguyen Van Linh road.

The city aims to increase the housing area per capita from 16.4 square metres (2013) to 17 square metres in 2015, 20 square metres in 2020, and 22.4square metres in 2025.-VNA