President El-Sisi Inaugurates New Mansoura City and New Mansoura University
Thursday، 01 December 2022 - 11:11 AM
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated, on Thursday morning 1/12/202, New Mansoura City and New Mansoura University (NMU).
The president also inspected Al-Hisas village in Sherbin town, one of the villages of "Decent Life" initiative in Dakahlia Governorate.
The New Mansoura City is located between the governorates of Dakahlia, Kafr El Sheikh, and Damietta. It is one of the New Smart Cities the state has embarked on establishing across the republic and is considered one of the major arteries of development in Egypt's northern coast. It encompasses all facilities and services, including government areas, markets, places of worship, cultural and entertainment areas, restaurants and central parks with a 15-kilometer-long coastal view of the Mediterranean Sea.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived on Thursday morning 1/12/2022 at the venue of inauguration of the first phase of New Mansoura City and New Mansoura University.
Upon arrival, President Sisi was received by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Minister of Housing of Utilities and Urban Communities Assem el Gazar and a number of ministers and senior state officials.
Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Assem el Gazar said, in his speech, that New Mansoura City is considered one of the fruits of economic development in the new republic.
He added that the Delta region includes the governorates of Dakahlia, Damietta, Gharbia, Kafr el Sheikh and Menoufia and represents 1.2 % of the total area of Egypt.
He also said that the areas available to provide economic services and activities and green zones to improve the quality of life in Delta are limited, shedding light on the lack of balance in the distribution of population between the urban and rural places.
He explained that the area of New Mansoura City reached 4,450 feddans in 2010 and then 1,550 feddans were added to it, adding that this expansion will help it accommodate a population of 640,000 people.
He pointed out that New Mansoura City has many open beaches and recreational areas, adding that it boasts 1,800 feddans of green spaces and its external and open areas offer great opportunities for carrying out varied activities.
He affirmed that the city is a regional service center at the level of Delta as it houses four universities, noting that the Delta region is home to 20.6 million people and when compared with other parts of Egypt.
He said: “we will find that it is the second largest region in terms of population, after the Greater Cairo region, which is inhabited by 25 million people.”
He also said that while the Delta region suffers from high population density, it has the least opportunities to accommodate urbanization, whether for housing or other activities. The meaning here is that its development vessel is full to the brim when it comes to basic activities especially those on which it depends; namely agriculture and fishing.
The minister pointed out that the areas available for providing services, economic activities and green areas to improve the quality of life in the region are limited and highlighted the lack of balance in the distribution of its population between urban and rural areas.
He noted that the percentage of the population in urban areas at the level of the Delta region is only 28% whereas at the level of other parts of the country it is 45% and at the global level it is 55%
Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Assem el-Gazar said harmony between cities and villages in Mansoura led to urbanization of rural nature.
He said the ministry has started to implement new urban schemes since 2010 targeting cities of the Delta region.
He pointed out that such urbanization efforts have mainly contributed to adding more areas to build further urban communities, according to him.
He underlined that the solution does not lie in urban expansion and sprawl on farmlands, asserting that agriculture is the most popular activity in the Delta region, he mentioned.
In this respect, Minister Gazar underscored the necessity of intervening to ensure an optimum use of all areas and plots of land in old and new urban communities.
He said that old urbanization policies reflected the culture of the society and was interested in individuals and green and open areas and adhered to planning and construction rules and systems in accordance with the national strategy for human rights and the right to decent housing.
Yet, he said, due to some flows that caused urban sprawl and unrestricted growth in many urban areas of housing, commercial development, and roads over large expanses of land many agricultural lands were lost.
He added that his ministry aims to provide decent housing for inhabitants and also encouraging economic activities.
He noted that efforts are focused on developing and raising the efficiency of ongoing urbanization programs, especially in capitals of governorates.
The ministry seeks to set up new cities and increase housing units as well as improve living standards, in addition to bridging the gap in economic and service activities in newly developed areas in villages and cities of the Delta.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi commented asserting that the establishment of new urban cities comes as per a comprehensive vision to protect Egyptian shores.
The president said Egypt seeks to set up water desalination stations in new coastal cities in various governorates.
The president added the Egyptian state has many experts and scholars and that efforts in the coming period should focus on addressing water problems and challenges in the country.
He pointed out that Egypt constructed many seawater desalination plants in Port Said, Galala and new coastal cities.
President El-Sisi said Egyptian costs, especially the low Delta area, are vulnerable to possible risks if sea level rises in the coming 50 years.
He said the country is carrying out a specific project to protect Egyptian beaches and coasts and inhabitants of Delta area.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted that establishing the water desalination station in New Mansoura city falls within the framework of the state plan to build water desalination stations in the country’s Mediterranean cities so that the Nile water would be mainly used in non-coastal cities.
He said these efforts are meant to confront the problem of meeting the water needs of a growing population within the coming 50 years, noting that currently each person's share of water in Egypt has reached just 500 cubic meters annually.
The president said new coastal cities have water desalination stations at high cost, noting that the New Alamein, East Port Said and Galala cities have water desalination stations with each station's production capacity standing at 150,000 cubic meters daily.
He highlighted the gravity of the problem of the bloating population in Egypt, calling for standing on its reasons and promptly addressing them.
He stressed that a collective and integrated action must be taken to address this serious problem.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi also stressed the necessity of concerted efforts among the State, factories and civil society organizations to support farmers and livestock owners and breeders with a view to increasing milk production.
He noted that the livestock development initiative will change the lives of farmers; as one head of cattle will yield them some EGP 200 per day.
After that, a documentary was screened with the voiceover of the artist Sherif Mounir, one of the sons of the city of Mansoura, addressing the achievements made by the Egyptian state to ensure a decent life for the citizen in many fields, such as supporting the housing sector in all cities, including the new Mansoura city.
The documentary referred to the suffering that citizens experienced in previous periods due to overcrowding in cities and the exploitation of only 7% of Egypt's area, due to many reasons, including poor planning and the huge cost of urban expansion.
The film included the developments achieved by the state in the field of housing through the launch of social, medium and distinguished housing projects for citizens, as well as the changes that occurred in slums and the provision of alternative housing for their residents to preserve humanity, dignity and safety for their families.
President El-Sisi honors excelling cadres in Dakahlia Governorate
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi honored a number of distinguished cadres in Dakahlia Governorate, northeast of Cairo.
The president honored Egyptian swimmer, Ahmed Osama Mohamed Ali, a 4th year student at the Faculty of Engineering, Delta University For Science And Technology, who set a record for crossing the English Channel, swimming 65 kilometers continuously in 13 hours and 59 minutes until reaching the French shore.
President El-Sisi also honored Dr. Hossam el-Din Ibrahim Ali Sharaf, a holder of a bachelor of Pharmacy degree, who ranked 2nd in world scientific research in the International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation indicators and 1st in the 2021 research competition for graduate students of Egyptian universities.
President El-Sisi hands over housing unit contracts to number of citizens in Dakahlia
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi handed over housing unit contracts to a number of citizens in Dakahlia Governorate, northeast of Cairo.