CAIRO: The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) will build 50 river ferries to transport people and vehicles across the Nile River, a source at SCA told Youm7.
The 50 boats will replace aging ferries; 15 passengers drowned in the Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh Dec. 31 after a Nile ferry sank. In July, another ferry sank in Giza’s district al-Warraq, killing 15.
The Transport Police have since cracked down on unlicensed ferries, but citizens complain about the lack of licensed ones.
Meanwhile, the authorities are trying to increase river transport to ease pressure on roads and to reduce cost.
Transport Minister Saad el-Geyoushi met with Dutch ambassador Gerard Steeghs Feb. 25 to discuss establishing a faculty for river transport, Youm7 reported.
In another attempt to ease traffic, especially in Cairo, the River Taxi project is underway. Trial operation of the taxi goes from Maadi to Abdel Moneim Riyad square.