CAIRO: Cars are forbidden to wait or idle in the area of Tahrir Square as of Saturday per a decision by Cairo governorate as part of strategy to improve traffic, reported Youm7 Thursday.
Youm7 quoted Cairo Governor Galal el-Saeed saying that this move is the second phase of the strategy. The ban will apply to to Mohamed Mahmoud Street that extends from Sherif St. to Tahrir Square; Tahrir St. that extends from Falaky Sq. to Sherif St. and Bostan St. that extends from Sherif St. to Sabry Abu Alam St.
Saeed also urged the Cairo Traffic Authority to implement the decision “firmly” and apply penalties per the traffic law to all violating cars, adding that will be traffic signs installed in the streets to guide drivers.
The strategy is aimed to be applied in different areas in the governorate, according to the statement.
In the past months, the government has carried out other moves to end the chronic problem of traffic jam, especially in the downtown area.
On Jan. 31, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab inaugurated Saturday the multilevel Tahrir Garage, expected to help solve downtown Cairo’s chronic parking problems.
In August 2014, the government launched a campaign to relocate street vendors from downtown area and near metro stations in another location, despite most of them have had difficulty adjusting to the new place, which they find “unsuitable.”
Additional reporting by Ahmed Abdel Rady and Nourhan Magdi