500M EGP to develop slums: Laila Iskander
Minister of Urban Development Laila Iskander - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Ministry of Urban Development plans to develop slums with six projects ready for initiation and will be complete by 2015, at a cost of 500 million EGP ($69 million,) Minister Laila Iskander told Youm7 Saturday.

Iskander said the ministry has another plan that will last until April 2015 and another future plan that will last until 2016. The projects include developing 75 slums according to the proposed schedule. She added the Cabinet will informed of the latest developments on a regular basis.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab visited al-Assal slum in Shubra, accompanied by Iskander, head of the Board of Trustees of Egypt’s support fund 306306 Farouq el-Okdah, Minister of Local Development Adel Labib, and Governor of Cairo Galal Saeed, Tahrir reported.

Mahlab checked on a number of houses that were developed according to a plan to renew 400 houses in the oldest slums in Cairo Al-Assal, Warshet Samaan, and Ezbet Gergis.

The development process will cost 61 million EGP; 17 houses were renewed and provided to residents and another 23 are being renewed.

Mahlab said Saturday that the government’s plan to reduce the numbers of slums will be carried out simultaneously in all governorates, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

The government will tackle all files and face all challenges, Mahlab said and that the state is keen on reducing the slums phenomenon and following up, finding the difficulties in the development process, and working on resolving them.

Additional reporting by Manal al-Esawy.

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