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Uprooting slums a housing project in Egypt that promises economic benefits

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, the number The population of Egypt It exceeded 100 million people while the people lived on only 7 percent of the country’s total area.

Meanwhile, it has an area slums Dangerous and unsafe areas 1 percent of the urban area, in 357 areas; It has about 240 thousand housing units.

According to this situation, the political leadership in Egypt directed the government to ripen solutions to the problem of overcrowding and slum areas from its roots, so the government began to increase interest in building new cities as part of a national strategy aimed at redistributing the population and updating the demographic and urban map.

The dynamism of slum development

Khaled Seddik, Executive Director of the Informal Settlements Development Fund, confirmed in a statement to “Sky News Arabia” that the fund dealt with this crisis by developing a national map for slum areas, which is a dynamic map and monitored the number of dangerous slum areas, which reach 357 in various governorates, by 242 thousand units. Residential, Cairo embraces the lion’s share of it, where danger hangs around a million and a quarter of a million citizens who live in a state of insecurity.

Faced with these time bombs, the relevant agencies moved in Egypt and about 177,500 housing units have been implemented so far in about 298 informal areas, while about 34700 units are being implemented in nearly 59 areas.

The cost of developing unsafe areas has cost about 36 billion pounds since 2015 until now, while the value of the lands on which housing units were built for the residents of these areas is about 23.5 billion pounds.

Unplanned areas

The Executive Director of the Informal Settlements Development Fund added that with regard to the unplanned areas, there is great interest from the political leadership in them, and work has been assigned to the unplanned areas in parallel with the unsafe areas.

The number of unplanned areas reaches 221 cities nationwide, with an area of ​​417,000 feddans, 53 unplanned areas have been developed on an area of ​​4,600 feddans, which represents 40 percent of the urban area in Egypt, and 79 areas are being implemented on an area of ​​7,000 feddans. The estimated process of developing unplanned areas is about 318 billion pounds.

Siddiq pointed out that there is a national strategy for developing random markets, which amounts to 1105 and includes 306 thousand units, which are being developed at an estimated cost of 44 billion pounds. Manifestations of randomness, poverty, unemployment and immigration so as not to turn into random markets again.

City capitals development

A friend confirmed that the president’s initiative Abdel Fattah Sisi For urban development in the governorates and major cities, it contributes to the construction of 500 thousand new housing units at the governorate level, within the framework of providing housing for every citizen, especially for the lower income groups, as well as implementing urban development projects for existing areas, which is what happened in “Izbat Al-Haggana”, which is inhabited by one and a half million people. But it lacks services due to its large population.

According to press statements from Mostafa Madbouly, the Egyptian Prime Minister, the new cities accommodate 30 million people, provide millions of job opportunities, and take into account providing a better life for the citizen through housing, investment and work opportunities, and it works to counter unplanned or random real estate growth in 22 cities so far, It is targeted to reach 60 cities, and the area of ​​land equipped with utilities in the new cities reached 164,000 feddans, of which about 92,000 feddans are for housing, about 33,000 feddans for industry, and about 39,000 feddans for trade, services and tourism projects.

A step towards safety

Abdel Hamid Safwat, a professor of sociology at Suez University, said in exclusive statements to “Sky News Arabia” that the state’s plan to develop slums is an important step for the country to pass to a safe haven, after some of those areas turned into hotbeds for members of terrorist groups and a breeding ground for addiction, trade and smuggling. Weapons and drugs, as well as the decline in morals and education, and child labor, in addition to being unproductive areas.

The Egyptian academic pointed out that the elimination of informal settlements is part of an elaborate plan to remove population mines that Egypt has suffered from over the past years.

An opportunity to develop

Nasser Hussein, an economist for “Sky News Arabia”, indicated that in the event of eliminating slums, all commercial activities in which they were growing in improper ways would be controlled and attempted to properly develop and integrate them into the formal economy, which would lead to the development of the security and social aspect and raising The standard of living of the Egyptian citizen.

The economist pointed out that the expansion of the new smart cities represents a qualitative leap for the digital economy in Egypt, which will create investment opportunities. All these technology strategies demonstrate the optimization of technological connectivity in terms of increasing safety and communicating with citizens regarding the development of creative solutions.