Sisi witnesses opening of last stage of regional ring road
Sunday، 09 September 2018 - 12:11 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed on Sunday September 8, 2018 the inauguration of the final stage of the regional ring road north-west arch as well as projects, including Assiut-Sohag Tama axis and Quos, Borg el Arab and Balteem bridges.
Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki, other ministers and senior state officials attended the event.
A documentary film was screened to highlight Egypt's role in realizing economic development, especially via developing roads network.
The film said Egypt worked over the past four years to develop roads network which is vital for economic development and opens new vistas of investment.
Egypt managed to put into effect the political leadership's vision on developing the national roads network, according to the film.
The film said the largest and longest highways network was set up.
The Armed Forces of Engineering Authority, the General Authority for Roads Bridges & Land Transport (GARBLT) of the Transport Ministry and the construction authority of the Housing Ministry contributed to establishing the regional ring road.
Khatatba axis is the first axis to be set up on the Nile in less than two years.
In Sohag, Tama axis was established also over the Nile River to link the eastern and western desert roads.
In Qena, the Qous bridge was set up to streamline traffic and link eastern and western Qous city.
The documentary film said that the Armed Forces Engineering Authority carried out several projects, including the middle ring road which extends from Cairo/Belbeis to Dabaa axis to link new cities.
A bridge was set up intersecting with the middle ring road and the Cairo-Ismailia desert road alongside another bridge intersecting with the Cairo-Suez road, the film showed.
The authority continued its contributions to developing eastern Cairo by establishing a parallel road to south Tantawi axis in addition to establishing the Alex ring road which links Cairo-Alexandria desert road to Alex agricultural road.
Two bridges were set up to link the international coastal road to Ta'mir axis and Borg el-Arab city.
Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said Egypt climbed from the 118th position in 2014 for international rating of road quality to 75th position in 2018.
He added that Egypt advanced from the 66th position to the 41st with regard to the ports infrastructure.
As for quality of extending electricity, Egypt jumped from the 121st position to the 62nd position.
Arafat noted that the ministry's total investments in roads and bridges stood at EGP 32 billion in the period from 2014 to 2018.
He said the ministry coordinated with the Ministry of Housing and the Armed Forces to accomplish these projects.
He said the main goal of the national program for developing roads is reducing the accidents rate as the president is deeply interested in this issue.
He said the ministry established 10 axes on the Nile in tandem with the Armed Forces at a total cost of EGP 20 billion.
Transport Minister Hisham Arafat reviewed Nile axes projects being set up in Upper Egypt.
He said the first stage of Tama axis will be opened today, noting that the second stage will be finalized next year.
He added that the bridges of Samalout, Derot and Qous in the Upper Egypt city of Qena will be finalized in 2020.
The Armed Forces is building an important axis in Rod el Farag; Ahmed Ismail axis, which is expected to be registered in Guinness Records.
The Rod el Farag axis will be finalized by the end of 2018.
The total cost of the seven projects which the ministry is scheduled to open today stood at EGP 7.9 billion.
Arafat expounded the regional ring road will save time and fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Khatatba axis on the Nile River - which is set up within the framework of the regional ring road - is the first bridge to be set up in two years and four months under expropriation proceedings, Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said.
The cost of the 5.7 kilometer long axis is estimated at EGP 1.3 billion, he said.
The Banha bridge which intersects with the Alex agricultural road cost about EGP 617 million and was constructed in two years and three months, he added.
Tama axis on the Nile River will help boost religious tourism in the area, he said, noting that this is the first bridge between Assiut and Aswan on the Nile.
Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said the first stage of Tama axis cost EGP 550 million, noting that the second stage will be finalized next year.
Ta'mir axis in Alex's Sidi Kreir - which was set up by the Armed Forces on the international coastal road - had all intersections of Borg el Arab and Sidi Kreir.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of a number of roads and bridges projects, Director of the Military Engineers Department at the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority (EAAF) General Hassan Abdel Shafei said planning for such projects sets the scene for investment and supports the national economy.
He said EAAF has been assigned to carry out 362 projects including roads, bridges as well as tunnels.
As many as 212 projects have been finalized, Abdel Shafei said, adding that the most important projects were Al Galala Road, Beni Suef/Zafarah, Dhaba Axis, Al Wahat/Faraferah and Cairo/Ain Sokhna roads.