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BBC News Correspondent Caroline Hawley reports from Cairo on the
project of the millennium. Toshka, as it's known, aims to create a
vast new habitable area for Egypt's expanding population.
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the desert green
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Mubarak has described Toshka as the project of the Millennium, and
it's an undertaking of Pharaonic scale. Giant posters depict
the Egyptian leader standing in lush green fields, and Toshka
has even had a brand of cigarette named after it.
The official in charge of the scheme, Dia al-Qoosy, says barren
desert will be made economically productive, providing jobs, creating
exports and relieving the pressure on Egypt's cities by enticing
people away from the overcrowded banks of the Nile.
this compares the
size of the project to the size of the pyramids and temples that were built in
green fields: fields
that have very healthy grass or plants growing
of such poor quality that plants cannot grow on it
relieving the pressure:lowering the number of people who live
in the City so making life easier for those who remain.
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-- the project's key ingredient -- will come from the massive
artificial lake created by the Aswan High Dam. A giant pumping-station
is due to be opened in Toshka late next year and the government and
private investors are already experimenting with what crops might
be grown there.
But as officials celebrate the fourth anniversary of the project with
a concert and ministerial visits, critics are concerned it'll
prove a colossal waste of money. Some say the whole concept
of trying to populate and cultivate a remote area of baking desert
is flawed. There are concerns, too, that Toshka's environmental
impact hasn't been properly thought through.
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the most important part of the situation.
experimenting with what crops might be grown there: a scientific test to
discover what plants such as wheat and potatoes can be grown.
worried about the issue.
whole concept: all the different parts of the idea.
desert: a large and very hot area of land where there is very little water.
environmental impact: the effects on the surrounding area,
in which people and animals live.
have not considered all the implications of what might happen.
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