Minister: LE80 billion needed to complete sanitary drainage network

The government needs LE80 billion to continue building the country’s sanitary drainage network and about 15 years to implement the project, if the money is available now, Drinking Water and Sanitation Facilities Minister Abdel Qawy Khalifa said Sunday.

Khalifa discussed the project at a press conference held by James Moran, head of the European Union delegation to Egypt, to mark the EU’s payment for the first installments of two different programs — one to support energy policies and one to support water policies.

The two projects are estimated at 10 million euros and 22 million euros, respectively. The ministers of irrigation, planning and international cooperation, petroleum and electricity attended the conference.

Khalifa added that only half of Egyptians have sanitary drainage facilities, while about 40 million are deprived of the service.

He said civil society organizations and citizens are visiting villages to look for creative ways to solve the sanitary drainage problem at a low cost.

Edited translation from MENA

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