Egypt Independent

Cairo to be free of slums by end of 2019: Governor



Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal announced Friday that the governorate has devised a plan to focus on development for dangerous and unsafe settlements, freeing the capital from slums by the end of 2019.

He explained that through the Development of Slums Unit, the government prepared an inventory of all slums in Cairo, a step that comes in line with the government’s policy on this matter.

Abdel-Aal said that the government has set about 40,000 housing units and financial amounts estimated at about LE10 billion to accomplish this task.

He added that the governorate will build the housing units needed to create new integrated urban communities and provide job opportunities for people transferred to it.

Abdel-Aal said that this comes in cooperation with all the concerned parties of the armed forces, the Housing Ministry, the Tahya Misr Fund, Slums Development Fund, the Endowments Ministry, and the civil society.

The Governor stressed that these projects aim at providing safe and adequate housing for Cairo’s citizens, while providing all necessary services to achieve the full stability and management of new urban communities through an efficient administrative system, aiming to become a model in management and the provision of services and activities.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm