Third Metro stage to open today
Cairo Metro - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Interim President Adly Mansour and Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab will open the second stage of Cairo’s third metro line project at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (ECMMO) announced.

The opening which was supposed to be on May 5 but was delayed after instructions from Mansour for security reasons.

Fadaly told Youm7 the operation team will be fully staffed starting next week. He said the third stage has a two year-warranty and if any problems or notes aroused after the initial operation, the metro will be submitted to the contractor company.

“As many as 1.5 million passengers are expected to use the third line daily,” Minister of Transport Ibrahim Demeiri told MENA on April 12.

The Cairo governorate coordinated with companies tasked with operating wireless internet smart buses to shuttle passengers from Nasr City to the third metro lines’ four stations, which extends over an area of seven kilometers from Abasseya to Al-Ahram Square station in Heliopolis, Fadaly said.

Head of National Authority for Tunnels Ismail al-Nagdy told Al-Tahrir newspaper that “all global safety standards have been prepared before the initial operation.” The project was completed six months before the due date, he claimed.

Fadaly told Youm7 that ECMMO will directly order a company in surveillance cameras sector to start security systems in three stations. He said that within a month, the metro company will hold a tender to apply the the same action on all stations in the three metro lines in Cairo.

On Feb. 22, the Cabinet approved a proposal to name the newly-opened third metro line the Revolution Line.

The Sadat metro station near Tahrir Square has been closed since August 2013 following the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares.  Sadat station is scheduled to open to accommodate transfers in mid-May.

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