CAIRO: Egypt has operated 13 newly-imported air conditioned carriages on Cairo’s Helwan-Marg metro line, Youm7 quoted Khaled Sabra, an official at the Egyptian Metro Company Saturday.
Since last year, Egypt has been receiving the carriages as part of a deal with South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem Company to purchase 20 carriages for 2.2 billion EGP ($288.8 million.)
The new carriages were imported for operation on Helwan-Marg, the oldest and longest of Cairo’s three metro lines.
Carriages of the Helwan-Marg metro line used to have only fans for cooling. The government’s importing of the A/C vehicles comes to improve the services.
In a bid to meet the growing demand on the subway, which is used by millions of Egyptians every day, the government has begun constructing new extensions to the metro lines; announcing third and fourth lines.
The subway is considered an affordable and fast means of transportation for 20 million commuters in greater Cairo; huge traffic jams occur above the ground when the metro is out of service.