CAIRO: The Transportation Ministry had allocated 36 billion EGP ($5 billion) to establish 3,600 km of new roads, Minister Hany Dahy said Friday, several media outlets reported.
During a tour at Alexandria port, Dahy said President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is following up the new roads projects that the ministry is implementing needed maintenance on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road.
Dahy has held tours in several governorates, including in Beheira with the head of the Road and Bridges Authority, Maj. General Saad al-Geuoshy.
The ministry is coordinating with the Arab Organization for Industrialization to light the roads with solar energy, the minister told press.
In a press conference held after the minister’s tour in Beheira on Sunday, Geuoshy said that the Roads and Bridges Authority is constructing the roads according to the newest technology system and international specification, Youm7 reported.
Geuoshy added that the maintenance in Cairo-Alexandria agriculture road will end by next January.
The Minister of International Cooperation Naglaa al-Ahwany said in a press conference July 8 at the Cabinet headquarters that the ministry had allocated 1.4 billion EGP to develop transportation system in Egypt.
Former Minister of Transport Ibrahim el-Demeiry said last March in a statement that the ministry has allocated 4 billion EGP to construct new roads and bridges in Upper Egypt.
Demeiry said that these projects include constructing two-way streets to facilitate traffic movements and avoid accidents.
World Bank Regional Director Hartwig Schafer said in a statement last May that Egypt needs $700 million a year to maintain roads.
The number of people who died in car accidents in 2013 were 13,000 and 60,000 were injured, according to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO).
In 2007 and estimated 7,000 people died and 23,000 were injured from such accidents, Samy Mokhtar, the head of The Egyptian Association for the Care of Victims of Roads and Their Families, told The Cairo Post.