12:35 | 17/01/2016 Economy- Society
Nearly 50,000 residents in the Mekong Delta region are enjoying a more convenient life thanks to the World Bank (WB)-funded project on upgrading the regional’s urban areas, according to the project’s mid-term report.
Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho city (Photo: VNA)
Under the project, which was launched in 2012, nearly 70,000 metres of roads in the cities of Can Tho, My Tho, Cao Lanh, Ca Mau, Tra Vinh and Rach Gia have been upgraded.
Over 15,600 households in the targeted localities have been connected to the water supply system and equipped with relevant devices. 15 schools and communal houses have been upgraded and built.
The households’ living conditions have also been improved through the installation of public lighting systems and upgrade of the sewage systems.
Hoang Thi Hoa from the World Bank, who is in charge of the project, said the project aims to eradicate poverty in urban areas and contribute to improving the living conditions of low-income urban residents.
The project, with a total investment of 399 million USD, of which 293 million USD comes from the World Bank’s official development assistance, is expected to be completed by 2017.
It is part of a national urban upgrading programme approved by the Prime Minister with the aim of upgrading 100 urban areas nationwide between 2009 and 2020.
Since 2007, about 2.2 million people in Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho city in the south, Hai Phong city and Nam Dinh province in the north, have benefited from the programme./.