Egypt's prosecution investigates Alexandria sewage system corruption case

Ahram Online , Friday 13 Nov 2015

The investigations revealed a corruption scandal following the heavy rains that flooded West Alexandria

Rain, along with poor infrastructure, have caused the flooding of many streets in Alexandria. (Photo: Ahram)

The public funds prosecution in Alexandria is investigating a new corruption case related to the sewage system sector in the governorate that flooded from heavy rains two weeks ago, Ahram Arabic website reported on Friday.

According to news reports, government officials acquired water pumps for LE30 million that do not meet specifications of the sewage stations.

Investigations revealed in 2013 that the officials in the sewage systems sector of the ministry of housing were tasked with upgrading the sewage system stations in West Alexandria for LE68 million to meet the demand of the growing population in the area.

The officials in the sewage systems sector in Alexandria acquired water pumps from a few years ago to replace the current pumps in the West Alexandria stations for LE30 million.

The seven newly acquired pumps did not meet specifications and until this day they have not been installed or replaced according to the public funds prosecution. 

According to the investigations, this is what led many areas in West Alexandria to flood during the heavy rains that hit the governorate in the past two weeks. 

Earlier this week, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visited Alexandria and allocated LE1 billion from the Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt) fund for the development of the sewage system in Alexandria and Beheira in northern Egypt.

Heavy rains in recent weeks have led to major flooding in Alexandria and other northern cities, killing a number of people.

The damage and deaths from the flooding also led to the resignation of Alexandria's governor Hani El-Messiry.

In early October, El-Messiry stated that the city had not undergone any infrastructure development projects in 15 years.

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