CAIRO: A campaign to remove street vendors situated at metro stations took place Saturday under the supervision of officials of the transportation department at the Ministry of Interior, Youm7 reported.
Displaced vendors were asked to stay outside the stations and not to impede passengers’ flow at the entrances and the exits. The campaign also removed beggars standing outside the stations.
The campaign took place at several subway stations including Ain Shams, Matariya, El-Marg, Hadaeq el-Zaytoun, Attaba, Opera, Dokki, Cairo University, Faisal and Giza.
On the same day, violations by street vendors in downtown Cairo were removed under a similar campaign.
Since August 2014, the Cairo governorate has adopted a strategy to end chronic traffic problems by confronting vendors who set up shop on sidewalks and streets, often near metro stations.
Many attribute the prevalence of street vendors across streets in Egypt to the absence of police presence in the aftermath of the January 25 Revolution.
Most vendors removed from the downtown area were relocated to another venue called the Torgoman Garage, which many of the sellers have found a poor alternative since it is far from pedestrian flow.
On April 26, dozens of street vendors at Ramses Square were moved to a neighboring parking lot at the Ahmed Helmy Bus Station.
Additional reporting by Ibrahim Ahmed