Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi directed, on Sunday, for the continuation of government plans to develop random and insecure construction problems nationwide, during an inspection tour of the Ezbet El Haggana slum area in Cairo.
Al-Sisi was accompanied by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and a number of ministers. He was briefed on the situation regarding the highly populated, unplanned area, Ezbet El Haggana.
The President confirmed that developing the unplanned areas aims to raise the quality of services provided to citizens, improve residents’ living and social conditions, and to help them change their lives.
It also aims to provide a decent life for the families living within the informal or unplanned areas, as well as connecting them to the new road network in the surrounding areas.
In an earlier televised interview, Al-Sisi asserted that unplanned construction in Egypt represents a major problem for the country, adding that the government’s efforts to establish 24 new cities aims to solve this crisis.
He indicated that to solve the problem of slums for Egypt may cost the state about EGP 3-4trn, particularly given that unplanned construction makes up 40-50% of the country’s housing.