About 50 police officers gathered at the head of the Fashn local unit’s office, in protest of the authorities’ delay in riding the city of the sewage. The waste kept officers from properly entering and exiting the directorate’s building, and is also spreading several diseases among the city’s infant population.
The sewage ponds have been accumulating from leakages coming from the sewage reservoirs in the “Fashn” city, where sewage pumps are present yet dysfunctional.
Beni-Soueif governer Maher Beibars promised to end the waste crisis, announcing that the governorate has provided EGP 1.5 million as a means to improve the waste removal infrastructure of the city. The project has been stalled since the January 25 uprising. Beibars’ said the delay lies in the fact that the sewage system is being built manually, since the streets of “Fashn” are too narrow for drills to access. The Arab Contractors company is in charge of the sewage-system infrastructure project and is expected to be complete by next July.
Sewage issues have plagued Beni-Soueif governorate for a while now. The main sewage basins of the “Dandil” village collapsed in January, drowning acres of agricultural land in the village. The collapse was followed by farmers’ protests, who called for an immediate solution before crops and houses drowned as well.