Senegal building $2bn futuristic city to reduce overcrowding

Senegal building $2bn futuristic city to reduce overcrowding

Senegal is set to build a new urban center as a solution to getting over overcrowding in the capital city of Dakar.

Approval for the $2 billion project was given in 2013 and it is expected to finally be ready by the end of 2035.

The futuristic city will be constructed less than 20 miles outside Dakar, in a bid to ease pressure on congestion and house costs.

Senegal building $2bn futuristic city to reduce overcrowding

Senegal building $2bn futuristic city to reduce overcrowding

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The city of Dakar currently has a population of over three million people, which means that the city is beset with high levels of unemployment.

The building of the $2 billion Diamniadio is almost 80% complete, the minister in charge of the project, Cheikh Kanté, said at the end of last year.

When completed, the project will span 4,000 acres and feature an industrial park, state ministries entertainment facilities, and a university for around 30,000 students.

Senegal building $2bn futuristic city to reduce overcrowding

Senegal building $2bn futuristic city to reduce overcrowding

It is also expected to provide a mix of luxury, middle-class, and affordable housing for around 350,000 residents.

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Meanwhile some have kicked against the project, lamenting that the money being used to finance it is too huge.

Critics say the $2 billion price tag will sink Senegal into debt, with the country’s public debt haven risen to nearly 61% of its GDP.

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