Egypt has opened a satellite centre in order to monitor building violations and encroachments on agricultural land, according to Planning and Economic Development Ministry.
The centre, which will be a ministry affiliate, will also follow up on government projects and investments by facilitating access to geographical data by government bodies, Planning and Economic Development Minister Hala El-Said said.
There will be four central units, including one for satellite imaging to help reduce government spending and another to monitor new construction sites.
The announcement comes as Egypt continues to crack down on building violators to meet a six-month deadline set by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to end violations in the country.
In an interview with the DMC TV Channel, Assistant Minister of Planning for Digital Transformation Affairs Asharaf Abdel explained that the centre also serves an agricultural use by capturing photos of the numbers of crops planted by villagers nationwide.