CAIRO: The dredging rate of the new parallel branch of Suez Canal project has increased by 130 percent, Suez Canal Authority Head Mohab Mamish told President Sisi, who was conducting a surprise visit to the project Sunday.
Mamish said approximately 66.8 million cubic meters of mud and stones were dredged up as of Thursday comparing to a targeted percentage of 51.3, according to a statement issued from the Presidential office Sunday.
Mamish also said that the number of the international dredges would be increased to 41 from 30 by May 2015.
The Suez Canal project is scheduled to be completed by August 2015. The dry digging of the first phase of the project was completed in mid-January, announced an Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces representative.
Sisi also inspected a large road project which linking Ain Sokhna which locates on the western shore of the Suez Gulf in the Red Sea with Zaafarana city with 85 km in length.