Egypt has completed 585 development projects worth a total investment cost of EGP 35.3bn in the Cairo governorate, Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, said on Sunday.
The projects cover six sectors, namely: housing; electricity; transportation; irrigation; local development; and education.
The results were revealed in the eighth edition of the “Citizen Follow-up in the Governorates” report for fiscal years (FY) 2018/19 – 2019/20, issued by the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.
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”.
As part of this, six projects in the water resources and irrigation sector have been implemented, with investments worth EGP 81.5m, including the rehabilitation of the Hajar and Khashab Canals in Helwan.
Concerning the fourth SDG, the report stated that 95 projects in the pre-university education sector, worth EGP 665m in investments, have been completed. This is alongside the establishment, replacement, and expansion of 2,139 classrooms at all educational levels.
As part of the sixth SDG, the sewage improvement project in Al-Khalifa Al-Mamoun Street, a sewage plant, and a water line in New Cairo have been completed. Moreover, expansions were undertaken on the Helwan El-Balad sewage system.
The report also noted that, for the seventh SDG, which covers universal access to modern, regular, and sustainable energy services at an affordable cost, work has been completed on several projects. This includes: construction of the second steam station at the 650 MW-capacity South Helwan Power Plant; the 180-degree Zahraa Maadi/South Helwan line; the 495 MVA capacity Manshiet Nasser transformer station; and the expansion of the Sabtieh transformer station, which added a capacity of 125 MVA.
Furthermore, the report indicated the implementation of 73 projects within the local development programmes (electricity and lighting), at a cost of EGP 186m.
These projects resulted in lighting provided for 1,450 streets, as well as the installation, replacement, the renewal of about 23,000 lighting poles, the laying of 295 km of new cables, and the provision of 142,000 pieces of lighting equipment.
Regarding the ninth SDG, the report said that the first part of Cairo Metro Line 3’s fourth phase, and the duplication of the metro line between Al-Marg and Al-Marg Al-Jadida, has been completed.
A total of 128 projects within the local development programmes, including paving roads, bridges, and tunnels, were also completed, at a cost of EGP 2bn. This has resulted in 431 km of developed and improved roads and streets, in addition to the construction and development of 26 bridges.
Under the 11th SDG, the report indicated the implementation of some projects to develop slums, including Asmarat 3m which will provide 7,440 housing units. It will increase safety in seven areas, as well as the establishment of about 41,000 social housing units in the cities of Badr and 15th of May.
The report indicated the completed implementation of 101 projects as part of local development programmes covering Security, Traffic, and Firefighting, at a cost of EGP 1.3bn. This includes the development and upgrade of 59 administrative buildings, and the connection of facilities to about 18,000 housing units in Asmarat 1, 2, and 3.
Regarding the 13th SDG, regarding urgent measures to combat climate change and its impacts, the report indicated that 24 projects were completed within local development programmes aimed at improving the environment, at a cost of EGP 73m.
This resulted in the development of the Al-Basateen and 15 May slaughterhouses, as well as the development of seven public parks, and the development of the Sohag market in Heliopolis.
El-Said asserted that Cairo Governorate will regain much of its glory during the coming period, as many major projects are being planned in transport, tourism, antiquities, services, and facilities. These are in parallel with the great progress in Egypt’s new cities and the New Administrative Capital (NAC).