CAIRO: Citizens who accurately report any vandalism or suspected bomb will be gifted a card allowing them free access to all sorts of public transportation for a year, according to a statement Monday by the Transportation Ministry.
“The card, named ‘ Long Live Egypt- Security is our responsibility,’ will be issued immediately for citizens who report on a potential explosive device or any other act that aims to disrupt any public facility across Egypt including metro, train and bus stations,” Transportation Minister Hany Dahy was quoted as saying by Youm7 Monday.
The ministry has listed phone numbers of the transportation police and called on citizens to report on any suspicious bags they see on any public transportation.
If the reports prove accurate, the citizen who notified the transportation police will be immediately given the card, which will grant free-of-charge access to the underground metro, railway trains and public buses, according to the statement.
The decision comes amid attempts by Egyptian authorities to engage the population in fighting actions of sabotage of public facilities that have been increasing since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, following a mass protest against his rule.
During the past few years, several bombs and explosives, including some that were fake, have been placed in metro and train stations in order to cause panic among civilians.
Tuesday morning an explosion was reported by Reuters, but the cause was not immediately known.