President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi held a meeting on Thursday with Cairo governor Galal el-Saeed, during which they discussed ways of overcoming the problems facing the governorate.
The president directed that all authorities concerned coordinate their efforts to overcome bureaucratic red-tape in order to ease people’s lives.
The governor said transportation and traffic, slums, street vendors, hygiene and waste recycling, preserving medieval Cairo and promoting investment opportunities are the main challenges in Cairo, presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi said.
A sea of rubbish separating buildings and shacks in the Doweika area of Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
The governor plans to introduce new housing developments and improve public transportation to create a civilised environment.
Saeed offered some solutions to Cairo’s notorious traffic problems, such as improving the public transport system, developing river transportation and renovating the capital’s main roads and squares.
Traffic problems in Cairo are notorious (Photo: Reuters)
Saeed also highlighted the problem of slums, which have penetrated 112 areas throughout Cairo and are inhabited by over a million people, according to the governor, who proposed a plan to develop these areas.
Boys play in a old car at Manshiyet Nasser shanty town in eastern Cairo (Photo: Reuters – Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
The president and Saeed also discussed plans to move all street vendors into designated areas located close to where they currently operate.
Street vendors hawk their wares in downtown Cairo (Photo: Waleed Abu al-Khair/Al-Shorfa)
Other proposals on the table included establishing a city-wide recycling programme, building more low-income housing and attracting investment into the city, which would necessitate legislative regulation, the governor asserted.
A pile of trash on Ahmed Zaki Street spills into oncoming traffic (Photo: Reuters)
Saeed also proposed new economic and social housing plans, targeted at newly-weds and people with special needs.
Public housing in Cairo (Photo credit: Meredith Hutchison)