The Egyptian government agreed on January 5 to undertake extensive renovation works at downtown and south Mansoura, with costs estimated at EGP 250 mn, intending for completion by next year, Invest-Gate reports.

The agreement, which was inked between Dakahlia Governor Ayman Mokhtar and Executive Director of the Informal Settlements Development Fund (ISDF) Khaled Siddiq, stipulates the upgrading of the areas’ potable water and sanitation networks as well as the electricity and road systems, according to the recent official statement.

This arises from the need to revamp Mansoura’s deteriorating utilities and facilities, which exist since the 1960s, bidding for urban agglomeration through alterations to the city’s public spaces and infrastructure, Siddiq pointed out.

Dakahlia marks the fourth governorate in the series of collaborations between both authorities toward pursuing a growth-first strategy for urbanization, coming after New Valley, Alexandria, and Giza provinces.