Dis­placed Man­shiat Nasr res­i­dents call on govern­ment to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive hous­ing

The Daily News Egypt - - Business / Real Estate -

For the third day in a row, Man­shiat Nasr res­i­dents are demon­strat­ing the govern­ment’ s ac­tion of dis­plac­ing them in fa­vor of a big Arab real es­tate de­vel­oper, call­ing on the govern­ment to pro­vide them with al­ter­na­tive hous­ing for the ones they have been dis­placed from.

One of the res­i­dents said the govern­ment didn’t pro­vide all the res­i­dents with de­cent houses and the houses it pro­vides do not meet the large num­ber of peo­ple the govern­ment aims to dis­place.

He noted that the govern­ment an­nounced that it will re­set­tle the peo­ple in Al As­marat City, lo­cated in the Mokat­tam District.

A Man­shiat Nasr res­i­dent said that the num­ber of units avail­able is 17,000 units, which is not enough, as, ac­cord­ing to the UN, the to­tal num­ber of res­i­dents dis­placed are about 800,000.

Fur­ther­more, he added that the govern­ment is vi­o­lat­ing the Uni­fied Build­ing Law, which states that peo­ple who are dis­placed by the govern­ment are sup­posed to be com­pen­sated with al­ter­na­tive units.

An­other res­i­dent, who pre­ferred to give his state­ment anony­mously, told Daily News Egypt that the area is not clas­si­fied as a dan­ger­ous area, but as a sta­ble area—in the sense that it only needs de­vel­op­ment and not re­moval—fol­low­ing the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of the United Na­tions.

He added the govern­ment has al­ready had a grant from the Ger­man Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (GTZ) and the Euro­pean Union (EU) to de­velop Man­shiat Nasr, es­ti­mated at EGP 1bn, but the area is still un­de­vel­oped.

“We refuse to move to Al As­marat City be­cause of high monthly rent cost and small spa­ces of the units,” said the res­i­dent.“The com­mit­tee that the govern­ment as­signed to eval­u­ate the sit­u­a­tion of the area is com­posed of con­sul­tants in this real es­tate com­pany.”

He noted that they will es­ca­late the sit­u­a­tion and that they will have an open sit-in and will sub­mit a case in the State Coun­cil. In ad­di­tion, they will form a pop­u­lar com­mit­tee to de­fend their rights and fol­low up the case with the court.

Man­shiat Nasr res­i­dents are demon­strat­ing the govern­ment’s ac­tion of dis­plac­ing them in favour of a big Arab real es­tate de­vel­oper

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