A corner of Thanh Hoa city (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on January 31 approved the general planning for Thanh Hoa city and Thanh Hoa province’s urban master planning up to 2040.

Per the plans, Thanh Hoa urban area which contains Thanh Hoa city as its centre will become a grade-one urban area in Thanh Hoa province.

Urban areas in Vietnam are categorised according to their development, with grade-one only behind the largest cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The master scheme aims to raise the position and status of the Thanh Hoa urban area to become a connectivity area among the North-Central region, the Red River Delta, the Northwest region, and the Northeast region of Laos. 

Thanh Hoa city is expected to become a modern urban area, with green growth and adaptation to climate change.

The urban area is hoped to include developed industries, services, trade, culture, tourism, history, ecology, land for housing development and a real estate. 

Under the planning, the area will have a total area of 232.64sq.km and a population of 435,300 people. Total population is set to reach about 635,000 by 2030 and 720,000 by 2040. 

The main content of the master plan is to review the development direction for urban areas and review the land fund for urban area development. Urban design, strategic environmental assessment, climate change adaptation capacity and green urban area criteria will be added to the master plan.-VNS/VNA