Egypt rushes to construct social housing for brand new capital employees | World information

BADR CITY, Egypt (Reuters) – Just outside a new capital in the desert east of Cairo, the Egyptian government is trying to prepare new homes for the thousands of middle-tier officials expected to move to the city.

Egypt turned to private developers to build more expensive residential areas in the grandiose new capital, designed for more than six million people to live in over 168 square kilometers outside the suburbs of Cairo.

The city is the most prominent of a series of megaprojects and infrastructure projects https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/egypts-road-building-drive-eases-jams-leaves-some-unhappy- 2021-05-14 , pursued by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who said the opening planned for later this year would mark the birth of a new republic.

Although the government ministries are largely complete https://www.reuters.com/world/china/egypt-prepares-start-move-new-capital-away-chaos-cairo-2021-03-17, other areas of the new City and transport connections are still under construction. Some Egyptians fear that it will be prohibitive and unaffordable for them.

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The government began building public housing in Badr City, near the new capital’s border, before the first officials arrived, officials said on a tour of the site on Monday.

On Saturday, Sisi inaugurated 9,024 residential units in the now completed first phase. A further 4,704 units are under construction in a second phase.

“The living space is ready. Not only the living space, but also the infrastructure, electricity, water, gas, telephone, internet,” Ammar Mandour, head of the Badr urban development authority, told reporters.

The extensive social housing complex in Badr City consists of uniform six-story apartment blocks with four apartments on each floor. Many were hung with banners in the height of the buildings and with the President’s photo.

“The decision to start transferring employees is a sovereign and political one. The moment the employees are transferred to the new capital, we are ready,” said Mandour.

The government started building social housing in the capital itself late last year, said Abdul Muttalib Mamdouh, deputy head of the state agency for new urban communities.

“We started with 100,000 units. If we multiply that by four people in a family, it means we have 400,000 people today, ”he said, adding that delivery of the first units would begin in December.

(Adaptation by Aidan Lewis and Mike Collett-White)

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