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Transport Min.: Regional Ring Road saves EGP 800 mn annually

Tuesday، 21 August 2018 - 12:46 PM

Transport Minister Hisham Arafat asserted that the Regional Ring Road will save EGP 800 million annually for the State budget as it reduces the amount of fuel used in transferring cargo.

In an interview with MENA Board Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Ali Hassan, Arafat said that the project will be inaugurated soon, adding that it will connect all the main highways in Egypt and help in easing traffic congestion in Cairo.

He further underscored that his ministry implemented 50% of National Roads Project which will be finalized in two years.

Arafat reiterated that the ministry constructs axes on the Nile River in the Upper Egyptian governorates within the framework of the strategy outlined to develop them as President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ordered implementing these axes to control encroachments on agricultural lands.

The development witnessed by the Suez Canal over the past years entails upgrading all the ports in Egypt, the minister affirmed.

There are negotiations with a Japanese firm to implement the fourth line of the Underground Metro, he went on to say, noting that this line will connect 6th October with Fustat.

The ministry is carrying out comprehensive development to the infrastructure of the railways via installing mechanized signalling systems and replacing the old rails with new ones.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) carried out in 2002 an economic study which concluded that Egypt needs a regional ring road to be constructed in order to link the main highways away of Cairo, Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said during the interview.

A decision was made, during the same year, to implement this road, the minister noted.

The lack of political will at that time led to finalizing the southern bow of the road only in more than seven years as it was inaugurated in 2012, he affirmed.

In 2013, the Armed Forces Engineering Authority constructed the western section of the Regional Ring Road which links Upper Egypt's western desert road with Cairo/Alexandria highway, Arafat reiterated.

After taking office, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi labelled in 2014 the Regional Ring Road project as part of the national venture of roads, he underlined.

Arafat further stressed that the most difficult part of the project is implementing the northern section of the road which connects Behira, Giza, Menofiya, Gharbiya, Qalubiya, Sharqia and Cairo governorates, saying it was difficult to construct this section in agricultural lands due to the presence of a big number of drains and canals.

The northern section was implemented by the Transport Ministry from Belbies to Cairo/Alexandria highway during three years, the matter which represents a real achievement, Arafat underscored.

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