CAIRO: Transport Minister Saad el-Geoushy said will replace all contracts with foreign companies to import new railway crossings that were cancelled due to “lack of seriousness,” Youm7 quoted him in a Thursday news conference.
Geoushy added that all the deals were cancelled except for two companies, noting that the ministry will rely on local manufacturing in developing the crossings, Youm7 reported Thursday.
There is a deal with military production factories, to develop more than 500 railway crossings, Geoushy said, adding that a schedule will be put within a week to determine the deadlines of all crossings.
In December 2013, the first locally-made railway crossing in the military production factories was announced. At that time, the chairman of the Egyptian National Railways authority (ENR) Ahmed Hamed said that relying on local manufacturing of automatic crossings will “save millions of pounds spent on the contracts with foreign companies.”
In June, a contract was signed between the ENR and the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) Electronics Factory to develop 300 crossings nationwide.
ENR Chairman Hamed said that the contract comes within the fourth stage of the crossings development plan with a total cost of 278 million EGP ($36.45 million,) to be implemented within 24 months from the date of contracting.
Additional reporting Reda Hebeishy