CAIRO: Egypt’s Cabinet approved licensing the “river cab project” after studying its environmental impact, Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy told Youm7 Sunday.
The Cabinet also decided on specific regulations for the river cabs to not pollute the Nile. The decision comes after the Ministry of Irrigation’s approval on issuing licenses to establish seven new Nile terminals in Greater Cairo, starting from El-Kanater el-Khairia to Helwan.
The idea of a river cab was first introduced in April 2012 by an Egyptian woman, Shimaa Sobhy, who presented its feasibility study proving it would reduce the traffic jam in the roads of Cairo, Youm7 reported in December 2014.
“It is expected to transport around a million and half passengers per year and is projected to yield 15 million EGP ($1.96 million) in profits,” said Sobhy.
She added it would reduce the traffic jam by 10 percent; as it is faster than the underground metro and other means of transportation, in addition to being environment-friendly, as it would operate by natural gas.