Egypt’s giant Toshka irrigation project is 60 percent complete, reported the country’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mahmoud Abu Zeid, and water from the Nile will flow into the area of Upper Egypt in October 2002.
According to the minister, the total value of the various development projects carried out in the Toshka area thus far equals 3.7 billion Egyptian pounds ($955 million). They include the digging and lining works of the Shaikh Zayed Canal, and construction work at the massive Mubarak pumping station.
"We are become more convinced that getting out of the narrow [Nile] valley is a pressing necessity, and this can be achieved through larges caliber projects such as Toshka and the development of Sinai," Abu Zeid said.
The Toshka Project involves diverting Nile waters, from the Toshka overflow basin, through a 360-kilometer-long canal, into the desert, to create the basis for thousands of hectares of new agricultural land, and new towns for hundreds of thousands of people. Construction began in January 1997. — (MENA Report)
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