92% of Cairo slum Ezbet Khairallah evacuated
An elderly woman is washing cloths in a shanty town of Buolaq on the outskirts of Giza-based upscale Mohandثssin Saturday on Jan 2, 2016. Dozens of local residents were evacuated in September by the Security forces as the government has constructing housing units for them; however, some of evacuated residents have not received their new units yet- YOUM7/ Khaled Kamel.

CAIRO: A total of 92 percent of the first phase of Ezbet Khairallah slum evacuation process has been finalized, head of Dar Assalam district Ahmed Fawzy told Youm7 Friday.

The displaced locals have been resettled in Badr City on the Cairo-Suez Road, but their initial refusal to live in the new city has delayed the process for a ‘long time,’ Fawzy said.

Ezbet Khairallah is an unplanned area that lacks basic infrastructure in Cairo’s Dar Assalam and Masr el- Kadima neighborhoods.

Another issue that delayed the process was that some residents did not have Ezbet Khairalkah as their address in their IDs, but rather other addresses in different governorates; thus ineligible to be provided with a flat in Badr City, according to Fawzy.

The government has not decided how to use the land of the large slum after complete evacuation, Fawzy added.

Egypt has been exerting efforts to evacuate and resettle residents of slums if they are too dangerous, such as under the hills of Mokattam in Cairo, or develop their living conditions by promoting infrastructure.

The projects have been funded by different sources; the European Union, the World Bank and Germany (GIZ.)

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