Irrigation: A plan to maintain and replace 3,000 “most dangerous” water facilities at a cost of 10 billion pounds

Irrigation: A plan to maintain and replace 3,000 “most dangerous” water facilities at a cost of 10 billion pounds

Mohammed ‘alaa:

Published on: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – 12:42 PM | Last updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – 12:42 PM

The head of the Irrigation Department, Engineer Mohamed Saleh, said that the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation is in the process of signing a cooperation protocol with the Armed Forces Engineering Authority to implement the first phase of the water facilities maintenance and replacement project, at a cost of approximately 10 billion pounds.

Saleh explained, in statements to Al-Shorouk, that the Ministry has completed inventorying and evaluating the condition of 47,000 water facilities on the canal and drain networks, which extend over a length of 55,000 kilometers, explaining that the first phase includes about 3,000 “most dangerous” facilities.

The head of the Irrigation Department expected the implementation of the project to begin early next March or April, pointing out that the work would take approximately 3 years.

He pointed out that the water facilities vary between mouth and reservoir bridges, switchboards, culverts, and bridges, adding that some of them were newly constructed and are in good condition, and some have undergone replacement and renovation work in recent years, while the remaining facilities are in “very dangerous” condition.

He explained that some of these facilities are bridges built 30-40 years ago. At that time, the loads of vehicles in the villages were limited, but with the development of roads, the loads increased, and we began to see “trills” inside some villages, so these facilities became unable to accommodate these loads, and some It has already been damaged.

The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Dr. Hani Sweilem, had indicated that the Ministry had conducted an inventory of all water facilities built on waterways, including: (bridges – locks – end mouths – gates – siphons – covers and culverts – protective bands and galleries – gates, wastes and allowances – Bridges), with a total of 47 thousand structures in various governorates, pointing out that they are initially classified according to their condition to determine the extent of their need for maintenance or replacement.

The Minister of Irrigation directed the formation of a steering committee to manage the project to replace and maintain water facilities, headed by the head of the Irrigation Department, and a unit in the ministry to manage the project, whose tasks include preparing work packages and contracts on a periodic basis for delivery to the implementing agency in accordance with the priorities resulting from the results of the evaluation of the condition of the facilities.

The unit is also responsible for coordinating with the implementing agency and the supervision and consultant teams, and following up, evaluating and documenting the implementation stages, in coordination with the Ministry’s agencies (Irrigation Authority – Drainage Authority – Central Departments of Water Resources and Irrigation in the Governorates), with the need for the unit’s structure to include various stages of reviewing and auditing data before submitting it. For the implementing agency in cooperation with the planning sector, according to a statement by the Ministry of Irrigation on Tuesday.

Sweilem stressed ensuring that the process of distributing water for agricultural purposes, drinking water and other uses is not affected during the implementation of the works.


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