Egypt to finalise new capital’s phase I infrastructure projects next Dec.

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Egypt’s Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD) says it plans to complete a number of infrastructure projects in the first phase of the new capital at the end of next December.

Egypt plans to complete the first phase of infrastructure projects in its new capital before the end of the year.

The infrastructure projects are at estimated costs of more than 140 billion Egyptian pounds ($8.5 billion), a spokesperson at Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD) said on Sunday.

“The first phase of utilities projects in the new capital include some major tunnels as well as two drinking water stations at a capacity of 250 cubic metres per day,” Khaled El Hosseini further said.

Located 45km (28 miles) east of Cairo over 170,000 feddans, the anticipated new capital city is part of the Egyptian government’s plan to expand urban areas to deal with the state’s rapid population growth and improve the nation’s infrastructure.

The new city is set to be a 270-square-mile hub with 21 residential districts to accommodate five million people. It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches as well as 5,000-seat conference centre, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.