Mahlab cancels government decisions on Zewail City land dispute
Ibrahim Mahlab, Egypt's Prime Minister - YOUM7/Ahmed Ramdan

CAIRO: Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab Monday issued a decision to cancel all previous government decisions concerning the allocation of Nile University land for the Zewail City for Science and Technology.

According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, the decision follows the execution of a March 22 Supreme Administrative Court decision that reclaimed Nile University land given to Zewail City following a land dispute between the two institutions over a 197-acre parcel of land.

The disputes between Zewail City and Nile University, located in 6 October City, date back to 2011, when Nobel Prize laureate Ahmed Zewail chose the buildings and land of Nile University to establish Zewail City as a learning and research center.

All additional lands previously allocated to Zewail City should be turned over to the Education Development Fund, the statement added.

However, Zewail City spokesperson Sherif Fouad told The Cairo Post Monday that the city would not leave the academic building affiliated with the Ministry of Telecommunication in Sheikh Zuwayed, 6 October City, until the scientific research city’s construction was complete.

Fouad also said he hoped the city would be built as soon as possible, and that city representatives are working on getting permission to use the government buildings. He said this process could last for six months and finishing the construction would take at least two years. The city would cost $2 billion: $1 billion for construction and the rest for scientific research, Fouad added.

On April 9, interim President Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree allocating 197 acres in 6 October City for Zewail City, a day after holding a meeting with representatives from both sides of the issue.

Additional Reporting by Muhammad Ghamrawy

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