Police remove street vendors from downtown Cairo
Street vendors - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Street vendors and their goods were evacuated from different Cairo Streets Saturday as part of a campaign to improve traffic flow, Youm7 reported.

The removal was executed by the Facilities Police Department in cooperation with the Cairo governorate that took similar action a few months ago.

The campaign took place Saturday in Falaky St. Downtown, and targeted violations by unlicensed cafes and restaurants in the Sayeda Zeinab district.

The Cairo governorate recently adopted a strategy aiming to end chronic traffic problems through removing any intrusions into the street, mostly by street vendors occupying large parts of Cairo streets, on pavements and nearby metro stations.

In August 2014, the government relocated most street vendors from the downtown area and near metro stations to another venue, which many of the sellers have found an poor alternative.

In previous statements to The Cairo Post, the Street Vendors’ Syndicate head Ahmed Hussein discussed the relocated sellers’ struggle to find customers since relocation to the Torgoman garage removed them from most pedestrian flow.

The government has also announced plans to open new garages with large capacities in downtown; one of them was the multi-level Tahrir Garage that was inaugurated in Jan.31.

Also as part of its plans to reduce traffic congestion, the government has banned idling cars in certain streets in Tahrir Square, a decision that went into effect in February.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Sobhy and Christine Samy

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