CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab checked the Toshka project Wednesday and said there are problems the project is facing, such as accommodating workers, manufacturing, and other problems, Youm7 reported.
Mahlab said the Toshka project is of great importance and the carried out investments reached 6.5 billion EGP, expected to double in the upcoming phase.
He checked the huge water lifting station in Toshka accompanied by a number of ministers at the beginning of his visit.
His visit is based on instructions by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to revive the Toshka project and reclaim four million acres to increase the agricultural land.
Mahlab, the Governor of Aswan Mostafa Yousry Attalah, and the six-minister delegation listened to a detailed explanation from Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazy about the Toshka project since it begun, the obstacles it faced, and its cost.
Mahlab met with officials from Ganub el-Wady Company for Land Reclamation, checked planted areas one and two, and met some investors to hear their problems, MENA reported.
When the Toshka project started in Jan. 1997, electricity lines and roads were close to the project. That is why electricity reached it two months and roads reached it in a short period, according to former Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri’s memoire published in Shorouq.
The population increased to 60 million people n 1999, so per capita planted land declined and reached 0.1 acres and per capita populated land reached 0.2 acres.
With this change, expanding the agricultural land was targeted to locate away from limited space to vast areas.
Additional reporting by Salah al-Mosen.