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General Presentation of the Northern Lake project Print E-mail

The project of cleansing the Northern Lake of Tunis and developing its Banks constitutes one of the most ambitious urban development projects of the modern Tunisia, it aims mainly :

  • To rehabilitate the northern basin of the Tunis Lake, used for a long time as receptacle of waste and rain water of the northern districts of the city
  •  To re-orientate part of the urban expansion of Tunis towards the hyper centre of the metropolis and to contribute, thus, in safeguarding the arable lands located in periphery;
  •  To support a planned and coherent development of the capital extension by the creation of the new city.

The first phase of the project was carried out between 1985 and 1988.It related to the completion of the cleansing work of the Lake and the regularization of the layout of its banks; it was made possible thanks to the efforts deployed by the State to restructure the cleansing network of Tunis and to ensure the interception of the polluted water discharges through ONAS canal.
This work having put an end to the rejections of the waste water in the Lake, offered a certain balance to the ecosystem and, consequently, the possibility of reconciling the Northern part of the water level with surrounding urban fabric.Thus the urbanization of the new banks is integrated in the urban dynamics of Great Tunis.
While completing the cleansing of the water level, SPLT prepared the land platform of the banks of the Northern Lake of Tunis in order to make them ready to receive the infrastructures necessary to their urbanization.

The Lake Banks territory covers approximately 1300 ha. It is located in a junction point between the centre of Tunis and its suburbs. Therefore, it represents a strategic stake with respect to the space organization policy of the capital which relates to: 
  • lightening the loads which weigh on Tunis
  • structuring the Northern littoral threatened by the anarchistic urbanization
  •  improving the natural environment.
  • participating in the integration of the capital in its national and international environment.

SPLT benefited from the strategic position of its grounds and the total control of its land to promote a development party making of the Lake project the city of the third millennium where the environmental components and the quality of urban space were the major concern in the organization of the future agglomeration.

A general development plan was worked out for the whole of the Lake territory providing all the equipment and infrastructures necessary to the autonomous operation of the future city.

The general program was revised twice for the purposes of complying with the new choices as regards urbanization of the new city of the lake. The first revision of the program was made in 1998 at the time of the new orientations fixed for the Northern east zone (zone which covers 800 ha) and the second time; it started at the end of the year 2006.

The construction schedule, as it arises out from the most current data provides approximately 11.7 million m² of S.H.O* floors for the 1300 ha distributed as follows:

  •  5.85 million m² of floors for the residences (33.500 residences)
  •  5.85 million m² of floors for the offices, the zones of activities and services and for the public and sporting equipment.

Thus, the portion reserved for the housing represents, when considering the relating utility services, 50% of projected H.O surface. The estimated population is about 289.000 people including 149.000 residents and 140.000 non residents (employment).

The grounds assigned to natural spaces, apart from the private gardens, will represent nearly 30% of the total surface thus making it possible to reach a ratio of about 20 m² of park per capita.

It is to point out that the new development prospects of the lake project is targeting the implementation of the State policy as regards integration of Great Tunis in its national and international environment. This new urban development policy of strategic character aims, in the second decade of the 21st century, in the coherence of the development procedures, the technical strictness and the compliance with the environmental standards, the renewal of the urban image of the capital.

As an example, we can cite the operation of Tunis Sports City which, by the importance of the surface which it will cover (250 ha) and its planned development program will offer to the capital a centre of international size structured around the topic of sport.

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