Modern agricultural villages along the Sai Gon River will be built under a plan by HCM City authorities to create new rural areas and more destinations for tourists.

After completing a fact-finding trip along the river last week, Le Minh Tri, deputy chairman of the city's People's Committee, said the area should focus on modern agriculture to create high economic value for the city.

At the same time, the development will protect the city's environment, adapt to climate change and preserve national character.

The agricultural areas will be organised to become impressive tourism sites for the city.

The city Planning Contruction Institute has proposed planning for eight communes in Cu Chi district – Phu My Hung, An Phu, An Nhon Tay, Nhuan Duc, Phu Hoa Dong, Trung An, Hoa Phu and Binh My.

Under the plan, the eight communes will be divided into 10 subdivisions to develop agricultural villages combined with tourism.

The institute is currently conducting studies in order to develop plans for other districts along the river.-VNA