Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Mostafa Madbouly met with a World Bank delegation to discuss updates on the Rural Sanitation Program that was signed earlier this year.

The first phase of the project is expected to serve 155 villages across three governorates including Dakahlia, Sharqiya, and Beheira, along with the construction of 167,000 sewage lines to homes, serving 833,000 citizens, according to Randa El Menshawy, First Deputy of the Minister of Housing, and the supervisor for the facilities sector, who also heads the Program Management Unit for the Rural Sanitation Program.

The design for the first phase of the sewage project has been completed. Within a month, developers are expected to receive 8,200 tenders for sewerage networks.

The World Bank has praised the government efforts for the projects and has claimed that the models, designs, and planning for the sewage projects should be promoted as a reputable international example, they added.

The Egyptian government has previously agreed with the World Bank to provide a loan to finance the country’s main sewage projects that will be part of 155 villages and serving 833,000 citizens. The World Bank approved the first half of the loan last July through the Program-for-Results (PforR) financing system, whereby the Egyptian government will receive the funding based on the actual results achieved in the program. The project comes as part of the sanitation and social housing program that the bank provided in 2014, stated Ahram Online.