CAIRO: President Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree to allocate 88,585 acres of state-owned land to the New Urban Communities Authority to use for building a new urban community in El-Alamein, Youm7 reported.
El-Alamein, the namesake of the World War II battle, still has many mines. However, the Armed Forces stated that they have cleared 26,900 acres of remaining mines from the war.
Meanwhile, other countries expressed willingness to clear an additional 250,000 acres of mines from El-Alamein within three years, at the cost of U.S. $20 million. The European Union will also participate with the U.S.
Further, the New Urban Communities Authority will continue the procedures of allocating 1,692 pieces of land for industrial activities next week. These lots were previously announced by the Industrial Development Authority, according to Al-Ahram.
The New Urban Communities Authority is affiliated with the Ministry of Housing. It was founded in 1979, and has built 30 new cities in the last 30 years.
Deputy head of the New Urban Communities Authority Magdy Farahat said that the lands will be allocated in 10 cities: 10th of Ramadan City, Badr, Al-Salheya Al-Gedida, Beni Suef, Sohag, Sadat City, Borg al-Arab, North Suez Gulf, New Nobaria and New Asyut.