CAIRO: Street vendors occupying sidewalks in Rod el-Farag district in Cairo have been removed in a crackdown by the governorate to restore discipline to the streets, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Such crackdowns take place on a regular basis and are launched per instructions from Cairo governor Galal el-Saeed, said head of Rod el-Farag district Mohamed Abdel Nabi.
Cairo has started displacing vendors from streets and near metro stations since August 2014, under which hundreds were removed to another place in Torgoman Garage. The displaced vendors complained the new booths are “far from the pedestrian flow.”
One year later, Giza governorate followed Cairo’s footsteps in relocating street vendors.
In October 2015, relocated vendors in Helwan, south of Cairo, slammed their new location over lack of toilet facilities.
The move to relocate vendors away from the streets is a governmental bid to end traffic congestion that prevails in Egypt’s streets.
Additional reporting by Maged Tamraz