Commissioner’s Authority recommends reopening Sadat metro station
Sadat metro station - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: The State Commissioner’s Authority issued a report Wednesday recommending the reopening of Sadat metro station in Tahrir Square, which has been closed since August 2013, Youm7 reported.

The report, which urged the government to take measures to secure the station, comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the administrative court by several citizens who claim to have been harmed by its closure.

According to the report, the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operation has lost around 218 million EGP ($30 million) since the station was closed in August 2013. The report added that “security concerns do not justify the closure, which is increasing the suffering of citizens who use the metro.”

The case is being reviewed by the administrative court.

The authority, one of the levels through which cases are passed in Egypt’s court system, only gives recommendations, thus the suggestion is not binding.

The Sadat metro station has been closed since the 2013 dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares in support of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

More than 3 million Cairenes use the metro to travel every day, and since the closure of the Sadat station, all commuters on the two main lines depend on one transfer station, resulting in overcrowded stations during rush hours.

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