The Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities plans to build 25,000 residential units for residents of slums, said Ahmed Darwish, Vice Minister of Housing and Urban Development, reported Al Borsa News.

Relocation of families into 6,200 units in the first phase of Al Asmarat Project has commenced last month, and there is a plan to deliver 5,000 units by the end of 2016, Darwish added.

The Slum Development Fund plan from January 2016 to January 2017 include the development of around 160 area in 81 informal settlements for EGP 3 billion.

Around 35 areas with electricity cables under the average pressure will also be developed in cooperation with Ministry of Electricity along with 23 areas owned by government and 20 private areas, Darwish explained.

The Ministry also recently launched a new urban developmental project to serve the residents of the slum district in Salam District in Eastern Cairo on Bilbes Road, on an area of 200 acres.

The recently developed project includes 15,000 residential units with different model designs along with many of the community and public facilities such as schools, parks, shops, mosques, and health and administrative services.