CAIRO: Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Dabaa is scheduled to be inaugurated in the beginning of November for 500 families that had been evacuated to build its first nuclear power plant, Dabaa residents’ spokesperson Mastour Bu Shekara told The Cairo Post Monday.
In 1982, the government evacuated about hundreds of families to build the plant; the move was rejected by the residents. However, the residents reached a deal Sept. 30, 2013 with the army, which promised to pay financial compensation to the evacuated residents, and to build a new city for them.
“The city could be inaugurated at October-end or at the beginning of November. The construction is going fast,” Bu Shekara said, adding that in a few days the second phase of the city that was allocated for the nuclear power plant workers will begin.
In October 2014, Armed Forces authorities officially allocated a 10-square kilometer plot to build a city for the evacuated residents.
In 1981, Egypt allocated the Dabaa area in Mediterranean governorate of Matrouh, 183.9 miles to the northwest of Cairo, to build its first nuclear plant of 55 square kilometers. This year Cairo and Moscow agreed that Russia would help to build the first phase of the power plant (four out of eight reactors).