At the meeting (Photo VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) –
More than 1.1 million people have benefited from a World Bank (WB)-funded project on upgrading urban areas in the Mekong Delta region after six years of implementation.

The information was revealed at a meeting to review the Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region Urban Upgrading Project held in Can Tho city on December 18.

As part of the Vietnam National Urban Upgrading Programme until 2020, the project had a total investment of 398 million USD, with 292 million USD sourced from WB loans and the remainder coming from the Vietnamese government. 

It aimed to improve standards of living for poor residents in urban areas, while boosting sustainable development in the Mekong Delta. 

The project was implemented between 2012 and 2018 in six Mekong Delta cities, including My Tho in Tien Giang province, Ca Mau in Ca Mau province, Tra Vinh in Tra Vinh province, Cao Lanh in Dong Thap province, Rach Gia in Kien Giang province, and Can Tho city. 

It comprised five components: upgrading tertiary infrastructure in low income areas, supporting primary and secondary infrastructure, resettlement sites, project implementation and management, and technical support for the Construction Ministry to carry out the Vietnam National Urban Upgrading Programme and coordinate the Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region Urban Upgrading Project.

The project completed the upgrading of all 114 low income areas (LIAs), built and upgraded 214 km of roads and 374 km of sewers in LIAs.   

More than 40,000 households were connected to metered water supply system while 49 schools were built and upgraded, directly benefiting 35,000 teachers and students.-VNA