VGP – The Ministry of Construction and the World Bank on Monday co-organized the groundbreaking ceremony of the Mekong Delta Region Urban Upgrading Project for six cities namely Can Tho, My tho, Cao Lanh, Ca Mau, Tra Vinh and Rach Gia.
The project will give priority for 110 low-income areas (LIAs) by improving, constructing and providing infrastructure with the participation of local communities.
The project has total investment of US$399 million, of which US$293 million sourced from the WB and the rest is corresponding capital.
The objectives of the project is to improve the living conditions of the urban poor in selected cities in the Mekong Delta region; improve urban management capacity and planning in those same cities; and strengthen knowledge and urban management capacity at the national level.
There are five components to the project. The first component is tertiary infrastructure upgrading in low income areas. This component includes provision of support to upgrade tertiary infrastructure in low income areas.
The second component is supporting primary and secondary infrastructure. This component includes provision of support to improve primary and secondary infrastructure serving and benefiting Low Income Areas.
The third component is resettlement sites. This component comprises provision of support to prepare resettlement areas for affected persons, including construction of tertiary, primary, and secondary infrastructure.
The fourth component is implementation support and project management. This component will focus on provision of support for project implementation, management, supervision, and monitoring and evaluation, including audits. The fifth component is technical assistance to the ministry of construction to implement National Urban Upgrading Program.
The project, implemented in the phase from 2012-2017, is expected to bring benefits directly for 300,000 people and indirectly for 1.5 million ones.
By Thuy Dung