|The Rồng (Dragon) Bridge spans the Hàn River in Đà Nẵng. A series of key infrastructure projects in Đà Nẵng were developed with funding from the World Bank. VNS Photo Lê Lâm|
ĐÀ NẴNG – The central city’s People’s Committee has asked the World Bank (WB) to extend the Đà Nẵng Sustainable Development Project until 2023, while adding drainage and wastewater treatment to the list of items in need of funding.
Chairman Huỳnh Đức Thơ made the request during a working session with WB Country Director Carolyn Turk on Friday (November 6).
Thơ also asked for co-operation between the city and the WB from 2021-30 when Đà Nẵng plans to develop a series of key infrastructure projects including the Hàn River Crossover, the Đà Nẵng International Airport tunnel, the city’s Railway Relocation and Integrated Urban Renewal project, smart traffic system, metro, tramway and monorail.
Turk highly appreciated the co-operation between the WB and the city and the implementation of projects funded by the World Bank in the city over the past 20 years.
Turk said the WB would review the city’s proposals.
She also suggested that Đà Nẵng should urgently work with ministries and state agencies to implement the Development Policy Operation (DPO) loan programme with total funding of US$100 million for Đà Nẵng.
The WB would continue to support the development of Đà Nẵng in sustainable urban management and administration.
|A tunnel has been built at a busy junction in Đà Nẵng with funding from the World Bank. VNS Photo Công Thành|
The WB has funded many key infrastructure projects in Đà Nẵng with over $500 million over the past two decades, and local residents have benefitted from the advanced infrastructure services in the sustainable city.
Đà Nẵng has invested much in urban development to make it the largest city in the central region and a ‘green city' by 2025.
In 2013, the WB agreed to provide $202 million for a US$272-million sustainable development project to help improve the city's Bus Rapid Transit network, build new roads, and revamp the existing drainage system.
The WB also funded a five-year priority infrastructure project by covering 70 per cent of the total investment of US$218.4 million from 2008-13. — VNS