CAIRO: Cairo’s iconic Qasr al-Nil Bridge will be renovated at a cost of 4 million EGP ($51,000,) head of West Cairo District Yassin Abdel Bari said Monday.
The plan includes a bridge-lighting project, in which the walls of the bridge will be enhanced and painted, Abdel Bari said, adding that lighting poles will also be decorated.
He also emphasized that the project will be commensurate with the “historic spirit of the bridge.” He did not mention when the project is slated to begin.
Qasr al-Nil Bridge, meaning “Nile Palace” in Arabic, crosses over the Nile River, connecting Tahrir Square to the Cairo Opera Square in Giza. It witnessed violent clashes between protesters trying to reach Tahrir Square and the police in the January 2011 upheaval and other clashes in the following years.
The four famous stone lion statues at the entrances of the bridge have been defaced by graffiti of revolutionary slogans and names of people, as well as posters.
It was the first bridge built in Egypt to cross the Nile in 1869 at the order of Khedive Ismail. The modern bridge was inaugurated in 1931.