CAIRO: Chairman of the National Authority of Tunnels (NAT) Ismail al-Nagdy denied Saturday that the Transportation Ministry is planning to raise the prices of metro tickets, Youm7 reported Sunday.
“The unsubsidized price of the ticket is 25 EGP ($3.5) which the citizen already pays in the form taxes. Raising the price from 1 EGP to 25 EGP is nothing but a hoax and a tendentious rumor” said Nagdy in an interview with privately owned channel Al-Nahar Saturday.
In December, governmental sources told Youm7 that Transportation Minister Hany Dahi reportedly clarified that the actual cost of a metro ticket in the Cairo costs 25 EGP and that starting from January, the Cabinet decided to raise the ticket price to start at 1.5 EGP for nine stops, reaching 3 EGP, as a maximum, for all stops of the three metro lines.
However, Dahi denied Saturday that the price of a metro ticket would increase, Al-Ahram reported.
Nagdy said that the Transportation Ministry and the NAT “will not take such crucial decision without conducting the required social and economic studies and poll to verify the reaction of the people and detect the potential consequences.”
Meanwhile, he referred to the continuous increase in the cost of the metro’s spare parts along with the cost of daily maintenance operations saying that the increase, if any, would range from 50 to 100 percent from the current price.
Dahi’s statement has drawn criticism of several political parties and a campaign dubbed “The Uprising of the Poor’s Metro” was launched on social media, calling on metro users to stage peaceful demonstrations inside metro stations if the price were to increase.
The Cairo Metro was opened in 1989 as Line 1 from Cairo’s southern district of Helwan to el- Marg district passing through 32 stations, with a length of 29 kilometers.
Inaugurated in 1996, Line 2 runs from Shubra El-Kheima north of Cairo to Al-Mounib district south of Giza. The line is 21.6-kilometres long with 20 stations.
Work in the 43.5 kilometer-long third line, scheduled to run from Cairo airport – Imbaba, was launched in 2005. Its first phase was inaugurated in 2014.
The fourth line, still in planning, will link between the Al-Malek Al-Saleh Station and go to 6 October City southwest of Giza at an estimated cost of 20 billion EGP.