Slums where people used to live in before being displaced to Asmarat - File Photo
CAIRO – 1 September 2017: Eighteen families from Manshiyat Naser district, an area in Cairo that is characterized by high levels of poverty, were displaced to the Asmarat housing project in Cairo's suburb of Mokattam, within the framework of Cairo’s plan to develop slums.
The 18 families were living in unstable buildings in Manshiyat Naser before they were moved to Asmarat. Meanwhile, a development campaign promoting cleanliness is being conducting in some areas inside the district.
Earlier in June, 14 families were moved from Maspero to Asmarat in order to carry out development projects in the 'Maspero Triangle' area.
The families have been moved into furnished units in the Asmarat neighborhood free of charge.
In all, 3,000 families will receive financial compensation totaling LE 600 million ($ 33.98 million) for being displaced.
Residents were offered the choice between financial compensation, relocation to Asmarat or to remain in their homes until development finished. Ten percent chose to move to Asmarat and another 10 percent chose to remain in their place until development works are finished. Eighty percent chose to receive financial compensation.
Meanwhile, Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Youth Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz, Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali and Cairo Governor Atef Abdel Hamid agreed on starting the implementation of the investment and service plan in Asmarat the new example for serving the social housing areas.
Madbouly said that there is coordination with the Ministry of Education to start building governmental schools immediately along with establishing a center for vocational training.