The World Bank (WB) will provide 293 million USD in official development assistance for a 399 million USD project to upgrade six urban areas in the Mekong Delta region.

The project, with expected completion by December 2017, targets the cities of Can Tho, My Tho, Cao Lanh, Ca Mau, Tra Vinh and Rach Gia.

It will upgrade infrastructure and build resettlement areas in the cities while helping improve project management and coordinating capacity.

A total of 25,900 households will be connected to the water supply system, 18,900 others linked to the sewage system and 139,500 people connected to upgraded roads.

The project is part of a national urban upgrading programme ratified 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.-VNA