CAIRO: Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations President Ali Fadaly announced Tuesday that security authorities approved the re-opening of in May of Sadat metro station as a transit point between the first and second metro lines but not for exit.
The Sadat metro station, which exits onto Tahrir Square, has been closed since mid-August amid escalating street violence following the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins. Security forces have tried to prevent anti-government protests from entering Tahrir Square by keeping the metro stations closed.
Fadaly acknowledged that Sadat is a vital metro station and its closure has caused massive congestion at Shohadaa station (Ramses).
“We will close all entrances and exits of the station to Tahrir so that it may become only a transit point between the first and second metro lines,” Fadaly added, saying that it will be re-opened within the next three weeks.
Al-Ahram reported Tuesday that “Sadat metro station will finally open as early as May.”
Nedal Center for Rights and Freedom filed a lawsuit on March 20 to oblige interim President Adly Mansour, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim to reopen the two closed metro stations and for the National Defense Council to secure them.
Many people have called on the Cairo governor, Transportation Minister and head of Metro Company to reopen Sadat Metro station underneath Tahrir Square as soon as possible. Tahrir Square is a major public square in downtown Cairo that played hosts to protests that saw the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, as well as the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.
Shohadaa, or Ramsis metro station, has witnessed continuous congested traffic since the closure of Sadat metro station, as it is the only remaining connection between the first and second line of Cairo’s metro system.