Experts propose satellite city models for HCMC By Le Anh Participants discuss HCMC’s urban planning problems on the sidelines of the forum – PHOTO: LE ANH HCMC – Many experts gathered on November 19 at the fifth Megacity Think Tank Alliance (MeTTA) forum on links between central and satellite cities to seek suitable satellite city models for HCMC. Experts said the development of HCMC’s satellite cities has been haphazard, causing many problems, such as traffic congestion, flooding and pollution. According to Pham Ngoc Hoa from the Political Institute Region IV, four satellites of the city are too close to the central business district. Therefore, they cannot function efficiently. Hoa stated that the government should consider relocating HCMC’s satellites in neighboring provinces. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Van Hong Tan from the HCMC University of Technology noted that the city will have to thoroughly reform its urban planning. He suggested the authorities should restrict the construction of private houses, especially along beltways. MeTTA is an international alliance aiming to provide solutions to problems that a megacity faces and, subsequently, to improve the quality of life of its citizens. The member cities—currently, Seoul, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai and HCMC—are taking turns to host an annual assembly and academic seminar as a venue for setting a yearly agenda as well as for facilitating the exchange of research expertise.