A view of Can Tho city (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – After seven years of implementation, the project to upgrade urban areas in the Mekong Delta region, part of a larger project at national level for the 2009-2020 period, has benefited nearly 1.2 million people.

With a total investment of nearly 398 million USD, including 292 million USD as loan from the World Bank, the project covers six regional cities of Ca Mau of Ca Mau province, Can Tho, Cao Lanh of Dong Thap province, My Tho of Tien Giang province, Rach Gia of Kien Giang province, and Tra Vinh of Tra Vinh province.

It aims to promote poverty reduction in urban areas through the upgrading of infrastructure systems and living conditions of the poor, and increase the engagement of the community in the plan-making process.

Between 2012 and 2018, the project benefited 1.153 million people, including 566,000 direct and 587,000 indirect beneficiaries. Particularly, 305,000 people living in low-income areas have accessed upgraded infrastructure system, including 240-km roads and 374-km irrigation pipe, as well as many social works such as schools and health care facilities.

Resettlement areas have been built for 3,141 households affected by the project in the six cities. A survey showed that the households are pleased at the infrastructure system in their new residential areas.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Cao Lanh city of Dong Thap province Phan Van Thuong said that the project has changed the face of the young city as a clean, green sustainably developing urban area.-VNA