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Sisi: Building new cities come as per vision to protect coasts

Thursday، 01 December 2022 - 12:07 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted the establishment of new urban cities comes as per a comprehensive vision to protect Egyptian shores.

Egypt seeks to set up water desalination stations in new coastal cities in various governorates, added President Sisi in comments as Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Assem el Gazar was speaking at the inauguration of the first phase of New Mansoura City Thursday.

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.

Egypt constructed many seawater desalination plants in Port Said, Galala and new coastal cities, according to him.

President 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.

These efforts are meant to confront the problem of meeting the water needs of a growing population within the coming 50 years, he said, 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.

A collective and integrated action must be taken to address this serious problem, he said.


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