Tahrir Garage aims to alleviate Cairo traffic
Cairo Governor Galal Saeed - YOUM7/Hossam Atef

CAIRO:  Governor Galal Saeed inspected Tuesday ongoing construction for a garage in Tahrir Square his administration hopes will alleviate Cairo’s choking traffic problems, reported el-Balad.

The garage is expected to hold more than 1,700 cars and 25 buses, and its opening is scheduled to coincide with the completion of renovations to the square.

Saeed said July 19 that the renovation will include re-painting the Tahrir complex and four 19th century buildings, reported VetoGate.

The Tahrir Garage is built on 20,000 square meters, Saeed said July 4, and he estimated that its construction would be finished this August, while trial operations would begin in October.

Arab Contractors Company’s Board of Directors Head, Mohsen Salah, said in press statements, July 2, the company had nearly finished the technical phases for the garage, reported al-Bawab News, which also reported the total cost of the project has reached 500 million EGP ($69.9 million.)

Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics stated in 2013 that there are 6.6 million registered cars in Egypt, with 2 million in Cairo.

Cairo’s metropolitan area includes approximately 20 million residents, and its streets are known for choking traffic delays that can last for hours at peak travel times.

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