FILE - Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inspects construction work in some road and bridge projects in eastern Cairo – Press photo
CAIRO – 8 June 2020: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, since he has assumed office in June 2014, has been keen to "make a new Egypt” and has filled the capital and other governorates and new cities with seemingly endless construction work.
And despite the coronavirus crisis and the partial shutdown the country, like many other countries, has witnessed, Sisi has been inspecting the construction sites in different parts of the country, to make sure workers are doing their best, while taking preventive measures seriously.
So far, 414,000 housing units have been established for youth with low income with a total cost of LE 51 billion ($3.15 billion), Minister of Housing Assem Al-Gazzar said.
Also, in middle-income housing project “Dar Misr”, 41,424 units have been established at LE 13 billion ($803.4 million) and 15,480 are being established at a cost of LE 4.6 billion ($284.3 million). In “Sakan Misr” project also for middle-income housing, 2,232 units have been established and 67,696 are being built, at a total cost of LE 20.97 billion ($1.3 billion).
Concerning luxury-housing project “JANNA,” 4,032 housing projects has been established and 36,248 others are being constructed, at a cost of LE 1.6 billion ($98.9 million) and LE 14.5 billion ($896 million) respectively.
Also, 328,000 plots of land have been provided for different classes of society between 2014 and 2020, Gazzar said.
The Housing Ministry has been keen to build partnerships with the private sector; the state has contracted with private companies on 17 projects established over 19,250 feddans (19,978 acres), with a LE 500 billion ($30.9 billion) in the cities of New Cairo, 6th of October, Sheikh Zayed, Extension of Sheikh Zayed and Hadayek October.
The state has tackled the long-standing thorny issue of developing unsafe and unplanned slums. In this field, 165,958 units have been established in 298 areas that have been developed, at a total cost of LE 41 billion ($25.34 billion). Separately, 74,927 units have been established in 59 areas that have been developed at a total cost of LE 22 billion ($1.36 billion).
A total of 53 unplanned areas have been developed and 17 others are under development, at a total cost of LE 318 billion ($19.65 billion).
Water and sanitation
As many as 295 water projects have been implemented, at a total cost of LE 38.5 billion ($2.38 billion). Also, 62 projects are being established.
For sanitation projects in cities, 194 projects (LE 20 billion - $1.24 billion) and 54 water treatment plants (LE 8.9 billion - $550 million) have been established, with a capacity of 1.2 million cubic meters per day, and 35 projects are being established. In rural areas, sanitation services have been delivered to 703 villages at a cost of LE 5.6 billion ($346.1 million). 169 other villages have also gained access to sanitation service.
At a cost of LE 13 billion ($803.4 million), 2,345 kilometers of roads have been developed and 150 kilometers of roads are being constructed at a cost of LE 3 billion ($185.4 million), Gazzar noted.
The Housing Ministry has worked on establishing a series of new cities, known as “the fourth-generation cities,” including the New Administrative Capital. The fourth-generation cities provide full services and are known for the use of advanced technology in infrastructure.
In this regard, 6,068 unites have been implemented and 13,260 units are being established. Also, 178 villas were built and 774 others are being constructed.
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