Egypt has executed 585 development projects, worth a total investment cost of EGP 35.3 billion in Cairo governorate –in housing, electricity, transport, irrigation, local development, and education, Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said announced on Sunday.
The results were revealed in the 8th edition of the “Citizen Follow-up in the Governorates” report for FYs 2018/19- 2019/20, issued by the planning ministry.
The report said that the state has worked towards achieving the second sustainable development goal (SDG): “eradicating hunger, providing food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.”
In this regard, the state has implemented six projects in the water resources and irrigation at EGP 81.5 million, including the rehabilitation of the Hajar and Khashab canals in Helwan, according to the report.
Concerning the fourth SDG on ensuring a quality education that is equitable and inclusive and promotes learning opportunities throughout life for all, the report stated that 95 projects in the pre-university education sector, at EGP 665 million, have been completed in addition to the establishment, replacement, and expansion of 2,139 classrooms at all educational levels.
As part of the sixth goal on ensuring the availability of drinking water and sanitation for all and manage it sustainably, the sewage improvement project on Al-Khalifa Al-Mamoun Street, a sewage plant, and a water line in New Cairo have been completed, according to the report.
Moreover, expansions were done to the sewage system in Helwan El-Balad.
For the seventh goal, which covers universal access to modern, regular, and sustainable energy services at an affordable cost, the construction of the second steam station at the South Helwan Power Plant (capacity 650 megawatts), the 180-degree Zahraa Maadi / South Helwan line, and the Manshiet Nasser transformer station (495 MVA capacity), and the expansion of the Sabtieh transformer station (added capacity 125 MVA) has been completed, according to the report.
Furthermore, the report indicated the implementation of 73 projects within the local development programs (electricity and lighting) at EGP 186 million were completed.
These projects resulted in the lighting of 1,450 streets, the installation, replacement, and renewal of about 23,000 lamp posts, the installation of new cables with a length of 295 km, and the provision of 142,000 lighting equipment and tasks, according to the report.
Regarding the ninth SDG “establishing resilient infrastructure, stimulating inclusive sustainable industrialization, and encouraging innovation,” the report explained that the first part of the fourth phase of the third subway line and the duplication of the subway line (Al-Marj - Al-Marj Al-Jadida) has been completed.
A total of 128 projects within the local development programs, including paving roads, bridges, and tunnels, were also completed, for EGP 2 billion, according to the report.
This has resulted in developed and improved roads and streets with a length of 431 km using, in addition to the construction and development of 26 bridges, according to the report.
Concerning the eleventh SDG, “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, the report indicated the implementation of some projects to develop slums including Asmarat 3 to provide 7440 housing units and remove the danger from seven areas as well as the establishment of about 41,000 social housing units in the cities of Badr and 15 May, according to the report.
The report also indicated the completion of the implementation of 101 projects, within the local development programs (Security, Traffic, and Firefighting), at EGP 1.3 billion, including the development and upgrading of 59 administrative buildings, and the connection of facilities to about 18.000 housing units in Asmarat.
El-Said asserted that Cairo governorate will regain much of its glory, as many major projects are being planned in the sectors of transport, tourism, antiquities, services, and facilities, in parallel with the great progress in the new cities and the New Administrative Capital.