President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Thursday gave the go-ahead for the first stage of the New El Alamein eco-city in Marsa Matrouh governorate.
The inauguration ceremony began by reciting some verses of the Holy Quran.
The president is scheduled to inspect new housing units in the city.
Nearly 5,000 residential units in the city will be poured into the market next month.
The New El Alamein city project is one of the “fourth generation” of new cities that Egypt is building. Its infrastructure will be eco-oriented. It will stretch over an area of 48,000 feddans, at a total cost of two billion pounds.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail first expressed thanks for Egyptian police and army servicemen who are fighting terrorism in central Sinai and other parts of Egypt during the “Operation Sinai 2018” upon orders from the supreme commander of the Armed Forces.
Sherif said urban planning and utilities development are on the top of the country’s priorities to alleviate citizens’ suffering, especially needy ones, and create a better life for people from all walks of life in Egypt.
The government is also keen on improving drinking water quality and developing drainage networks in villages across Egypt, Sherif said.
He said many of the goals of “Egypt Vision 2030”, especially those regarding urban planning, were achieved as the government succeeded to increase lands allocated for urban communities from 6 to 12 percent to absorb population growth.
As part of the vision, the economic growth rate increased after many major development projects were carried out and more jobs were created.
Among these major projects were the establishment of the New Administrative Capital and new models of coastal cities, including the New El Alamein eco-city and New Mansoura City.
For his part, Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouly said that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed to swiftly develop the Northwest Coast which the State attaches great importance to.
The building the fourth generation of new cities is not a luxury, it is meant to face overpopulation and put Egypt back on the global investment map, the minister said.
The State sets its sights on this strategic location to make it compete globally and regionally, Madbouly added.
These new cities will become a catalyst center for entrepreneurship at the regional and international levels, he stressed.
These cities will provide citizens with all first-rate modern services, he promised. MENA