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Construction Ministry: HCMC should approve mini-apartments

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Construction Ministry: HCMC should approve mini-apartments

Cao Ban

A lot of new residential blocks have been built in HCMC. The Construction Ministry has proposed the HCMC government permit the development of commercial apartment units measuring 25 to 45 square meters each - PHOTO: THANH HOA

HCMC – The Construction Ministry has proposed the HCMC government permit the development of commercial apartment units measuring 25 to 45 square meters each, an issue which has remained controversial.

The city wants to curb the minimum area of a commercial apartment at 45 square meters and that of a low-cost social home at 25 square meters given insufficient infrastructure in densely populated areas and severe traffic congestion.

The ministry reasons that the management of planning, and urban order and aesthetics depends on a variety of factors, not just apartment size. The planning criteria for housing projects are intended to deal with population, building density, and residential block height issues.

Countries such as Thailand, South Korea and France allow for mini-apartments measuring 14 to 20 square meters each. But their authorities can well manage population and planning issues in major cities, according to the ministry.

The ministry underscored the need to create favorable conditions for residents and companies to build affordable condos to meet the demand for housing of low-income people, especially factory workers at industrial parks.

Therefore, the ministry proposed the city limit the proportion of commercial apartments measuring 25 to 45 square meters in a housing project at 20-25% in the city center that has high population density and insufficient technical infrastructure.

Housing projects outside the city center can have a higher proportion of mini-apartments if there are a lot of factory workers there, said the ministry.

The ministry is crafting a set of national technical criteria for apartments, including the minimum area for commercial apartments.

Earlier, the city said apartments of less than 45 square meters would speed up urbanization, increase the population, and put more pressure on its already-overstretched technical and social infrastructure.

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