Building Collapse: Egypt launches satellite centre to monitor building violations
London, August 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Egypt has launched a satellite monitoring centre to adequately inform government authorities of the exact number of building violations happening in the country.
This new development was announced by the Assistant Minister of Planning for Digital Transformation Affairs, Asharaf Abdel Hafez.
Building collapse has been a recurring problem in Egypt in recent time with the latest on August 15 when a listed building in the center of Egypt’s capital partially collapsed injuring five people Saturday, in the latest such incident, a security source said.
Authorities who rushed to the building on Kasr Al-Nile street, near the iconic Tahrir Square, tended to 14 people including passersby and transported five to hospitals, the source said.
An investigation has been launched to assess the cause of the sudden collapse of the heritage-listed building, Cairo’s governorate said on its Facebook page.
It said the damaged four-story property housed several stores and two residential apartments.
Hafez, in an interview with the DMC TV Channel, noted that the centre also meets an agricultural use by capturing photos of the numbers of crops planted by villagers nationwide.
This, the minister said, would help Egypt to fight food scarcity in the country.
He explained further that the centre would follow up on agricultural projects across Egypt. According to Hafez, “this centre will also help draw facilities on the Egyptian map to establish an integrated planning system to help the country properly direct its developmental projects and investments”.
The government has observed about 320,000 encroachments and has reached out to governorate officials for more information on the number of breaches. The new centre will facilitate the management of the situation.