Waleed Abbas, Assistant Minister of Housing for the Affairs of the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA), states that the Egyptian government has sealed agreements with 67 developers since 2014 to develop 13,000 feddans in fourth-generation cities, with investments of EGP 1.1 tn, Invest-Gate reports.
The government contributes EGP 331 bn to these projects’ total investments, creating around 200,000 direct jobs.
Abbas refers to projects executed in partnership with the private sector including the Badya project, located at 3,000 feddans in the New 6th of October City, and the Nour City project which is situated at 5,000 feddans in Capital Gardens city.
He highlights the use of a group of sustainability criteria in these projects, including achieving climate comfort, building paths for pedestrians, and increasing green spaces, along with relying on solar energy for street lighting and powering of utilities.
Abbas reveals that NUCA’s sustainable criteria also include the smart management of solid waste to reduce carbon emissions; and the rationalization of water consumption to be reused in the irrigation of green spaces.
Abbas reiterates NUCA’s support for cooperation with the private sector, offering facilities and removing any obstacles to achieve the goal of building smart cities that mitigate climate change.