CAIRO: River Taxi Project will be launched in early 2016, announced Transport Minister Saad el-Geoushy Thursday morning.
The project was put out to tender in October after the Cabinet approved it; it aims to reduce Cairo’s crippling traffic.
Geoushy noted the ministry aims to increase the cargo transport via the river “to raise the usage of river transport to reach 5 percent of the total public transport in Egypt, which will alleviate pressure on road networks,” he was quoted by Youm7 during a morning tour.
The Cairo-Damietta navigational line will be operated to transport strategic items, he added.
The concept of a river cab was first introduced in April 2012 by Shimaa Sobhy, who presented its feasibility study proving it would reduce the traffic jam in the roads of Cairo by 10 percent, 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 could reduce traffic jams 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.
The Cabinet licensed the project in June 2015 after the Ministry of Environment submitted studies on the environmental impact of the project over the Nile River. The decision was also made after consultations with the Ministry of Irrigation.