Sisi inaugurates first phase of New Aswan City as part of development projects

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Dec 2021

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated Tuesday the first phase of New Aswan City, the latest in a series of projects opened in Aswan governorate this week as part of an inspection tour of development projects in Upper Egypt.

New Aswan City
A still image of New Aswan City on the Nile river on Tuesday 28 December, 2021. Photo courtesy of ON channel

Located on the West Bank of the River Nile , 12 km away from Aswan city, New Aswan city is established on 22,000 feddans to host nearly 850,000 people according to the New Urban Communities Authority.

President El-Sisi inaugurated the Nile Corniche of the project and inspected the villas and the residential units sections of the city.

There are several service buildings that have been implemented, including nurseries, a post office, mosques, a school, health units, a market and a bank branch as well as a police unit.

Infrastructure projects such as water treatment plant and wells, a sanitation project , and an electricity plant  were also implemented.

Following the inauguration, President Sisi visited an exhibition of the handmade textile products projects at the new city.

During the visit, the president called on the government to revive the traditional crafts and industries in Egypt and to give the citizens the opportunity to have access to these products through specialised exhibits and outlets.

Sisi also gave his direction to allocate some of the returns of the "Long Live Egypt" fund to support and market the heritage crafts and products of the Nubian community in Aswan.

100,000 units for youth and newly married couples

President El-Sisi announced the state was going to build 100,000 fully furnished residential units for rental for youth and newly married couples as part of the state's strategy to counter irregular construction.

El-Sisi reiterated that the illegal land encroachment must be stopped. The president stopped the presentation to comment on a picture showing the non-furnished red-brick buildings constructed illegally on agricultural lands saying that the state entered the construction field not for competition but to stop ugly construction.

"The state won't allow construction till there is  an organised construction mechanism including construction license and permit," he said.  

Sisi also warned of investing in buildings as citizens have been buying or building units as investment or as savings instead of living in them, which has increased the illegal constructions. 

During the inauguration of New Aswan, El-Sisi inaugurated several new urban communities projects and residential units via video conference in Upper Egypt including New Qena City, New Assuit City and New Minya City. 

Wrapping up the presidential tour of Upper Egypt, President El-Sisi attended a short ceremony held at the Amphitheatre at New Aswan city.

The ceremony featured musical segments as well as a presentation for Aswan governorate's new visual identity project carried out by a team from the German University in Cairo (GUC).

The president gave his directives to the ministries of defence, interior and housing to work on adopting the new visual identity of Aswan in the government by 15 January. He also honored the GUC team for their role in the ceremony.

El-Sisi also honored a number of Egyptian officials and volunteers who participated in the development projects in Upper Egypt as well as in Aswan and New Aswan city. 

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