The northern province of Lao Cai has proposed the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide assistance worth up to 73.6 million USD for a Sa Pa urban development sub-project.

The proposal was made during a working session between local authorities and an ADB delegation on July 29.

According to Lao Cai authorities, the funding will be used in the construction and upgrade of urban infrastructure, technical assistance and the enhancement of capacity in planning, infrastructure and work management, the development of urban transport network, and the improvement of clean water supply system and environmental hygiene.

The Sa Pa urban development sub-project is part of an ADB-funded project on technical assistance for development of urban centres along the Greater Mekong Sub-region corridor, carried out in seven localities of three regional countries. Sa Pa in northern Lao Cai, and Mong Cai and Bac Giang cities in northern Quang Ninh and Bac Giang provinces have been selected for the project.

Sa Pa district, about 400km northwest of Hanoi, is known for its resort town of Sa Pa is 1,600m high above sea level, with the average temperature of 15-18Celcius degrees. The whole town is dominated by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range which is famous with the Indochina’s highest mountain of Fansipan at a height of 3,142 m above sea level.-VNA