Parties question viability of proposed administrative capital
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  A new administrative capital would end traffic congestion in Cairo, Assistant Director of Heliopolis Traffic Department Mohamed Mahfuz told al-Balad Friday.

He said that the administrative capital would gather all headquarters of ministries and important authorities in one place, which would minimize traffic in Cairo.

The decision, issued Wednesday following a Cabinet meeting by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, includes housing for employees in these facilities and an area for embassies and international organizations.

Vice President of Ghad Party Aref el-Dosoki said that transporting ministries to another place would not solve the issue of traffic, and would furthermore impose a great cost on the state.

Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly said Thursday the project would create a “modern work environment,” reported al-Wafd.

He added that the administrative capital would attract investment, and that its location will be 60 kilometers away from Suez and would integrate with the development project of the Suez Canal axis.

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