Abu Simbel residents voice demands to Mahlab
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Residents of Abu Simbel city in Aswan governorate demanded that lands in the Toshka Spillway, an agricultural project located behind the High Dam, be allocated to them, Youm7 reported.

The demand was laid out during a meeting with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, who was in the city to inspect the Toshka Spillway in efforts to revive the large project.

The majority of investors operating in Toshka are from the Arab Gulf.

Mahlab ordered the concerned ministers and the governor of Aswan to implement the residents’ demands, which include setting up a transportation system between the city of Aswan and Abu Simbel.

The locals also demanded more schools, hospitals, medical equipment and doctors.

The Prime Minister asked the Minister of Water Resources to resolve the issue of water shortage in the city.

The city of Abu Simbel includes 2,400 reclaimed acres; only 400 of which are cultivated due to lack of irrigation water, according to Youm7.

Governor of Aswan will plan tract division in the city to allow residential complexes to be built. All buildings would be of one floor and will stand at a specific height to preserve the architectural character of the area, which is a world heritage site.

Aswan governorate is one of Egypt’s most visited tourist attractions, with massive ancient Egyptian temples, statues and monuments.

Many residents of Nubian villages in the governorate were displaced in 1963-1964 as the water of the Nile River flooded their villages, forming Lake Nasser, the largest artificial lake in the world. They relocated to other parts in Aswan.

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