CAIRO: Minister of Transport Ibrahim el-Demeiry issued a decision on Sunday to dismiss Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations head Abdullah Fawzy and appoint Ali Fadaly to the position instead, Youm7 reported.
Demeiry said the decision was made for the benefit of the metro entity and to provide the opportunity for new faces to develop the metro, Youm7 reported.
Meanwhile Fawzy said the decision came as a surprise, adding that his task was not easy and he did not know the reason for his dismissal, Youm7 reported.
“I do not have any violations and the minister can do what he wants,” Fawzy said.
According to sources inside the ministry, the reason behind Fawzy’s dismissal was the deterioration of the metro and losses of 100 million EGP, Youm7 reported.
During a video call to ONtv, Fawzy had said the administration did not favor increasing ticket prices to cover losses, adding that losses were due to maintenance tools used during the year.
He added that the first line will undergo development with 20 air-conditioned trains to address traffic and crowds, and the second line will also receive air-conditioned trains.
Metro employees have threatened to organize a strike in 48 hours, and are demanding a review of their payments. Fawzy met with employees on April 5 and 6 to discuss their demands and said they halted the strike idea after he promised to meet their demands, Vetogate reported.
Fadaly, the new appointee, said his task will not be easy because the metro is one of the most important entities in Greater Cairo, which he plans to develop it and improve, Youm7 reported.
Additional reporting by Reda Habishi.