First phase of new water barrage construction on The Nile nears completion
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atty
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CAIRO: The first phase of the contraction of a new water barrage on the Nile River in Upper Egypt’s Asyut is almost complete, Youm7 reported Asyut governor Yasser al-Desoki Thursday.

“Nile water will return to its course in the under-construction part of the barrage within few days,” al-Desoki said.

The new barrage is the second one in the governorate and aims to develop an irrigation system for 1.6 million acres of arable land in five governorates (Asyut, Minya, Beni Suef, Fayoum and Giza) through the Ibrahimiyah Irrigation Canal, and to produce electricity for the people, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation.

The barrage is located 400 meters downstream of the Old Asyut Barrage, which is located north of Egypt’s High Dam.

A road bridge will be built above the barrage to link the west and the east of the Nile banks, with a capacity of 70 tons and a width of 19 meters. Meanwhile, the project includes building a power plant and two navigation locks. The project will be completed by September 2017 at a cost of 4 billion EGP (more than $450 million).

The government is conducting more developments in water structures in light of the water shortage crisis; in September 2015, the Ministry said in a statement that certain areas in Cairo and Giza suffered water shortages due to low Nile water levels.

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