Small mosque in Al Qantara City spanning over the eastern and the western shores of the Suez Canal - CC via Wikimedia commons/Banja-Frans Mulder
CAIRO - 9 July 2019: The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources revealed on Monday the progress that has been achieved in the North Sinai Development Project aimed at claiming 400,000 feddans by being water pumped through Al Salam Canal.
The ministry accomplished the entire infrastructure needed for the project as well as Sarabium Siphon at a cost of LE 221 million. That is in addition to the accomplishment of Al Sheikh Gaber Canal with a length of 86.5 kilometers and at a cost of LE560 million.
CAIRO - 11 June 2019: The construction of Sarabium Siphon in the Suez Canal axis will be completed by the end of the year, Ismailiya Governor Hamdy Othman announced on Tuesday. Sarabium is aimed at resolving the water scarcity and desertification problems eastern the Suez Canal.
The ministry finished the irrigation and drainage channels, the infrastructure, and the roads of Sahl Al Tina zone, stretching over 50,000 feddans at a cost of LE340 million. Five villages were built in the zone at a cost of LE120 million.
In the zone located south Eastern Qantara City, the ministry dug a canal extending over 35.5 kilometers at a cost of LE 177 million. The construction of irrigation and drainage channels and the infrastructure was completed at a cost of LE 712 million. That zone spans over 75,000 feddans.
The water has been released to irrigate both aforementioned zones. For Rabaa and Beir Al Abd zones, the ministry stated that 13 irrigation pumps were installed to irrigate 48,000 feddans in the former and 142,000 feddans in the latter, respectively. Additional 10 pumps will be installed to irrigate 65,000 feddans and 948 feddans, respectively. The total cost of those works is LE 985 million.
The ministry highlighted that investors are switching to agriculture, while abandoning fisheries that used to waste great quantities of water. The ministry has also abolished unlicensed fisheries in Sahl Al Tina.