CAIRO: Egypt will contract with a Japanese firm to construct the first phase of Cairo metro 4th line by the end of this year, announced Transport Ministry Galal Saeed in media remarks Friday.
The ministry is conducting negotiations with Japanese consultation companies to determine the financial cost of the phase as the Japanese government will finance the project in soft loans, the minister added.
Galal continued that an international tender will be offered for the Japanese construction companies to carry out the project.
Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has agreed with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to carry out the first phase of the fourth line which aims to alleviate the increased demands of transport in areas of El-Haram – Faysel – Gize – Sayda Zeinab – El-Azhar and Port Said Street, according to the official website of the NAT.
The first phase of the fourth line is 19 kilometers in length with 17 stations; it also will connect the 6 October City to the metro network.
Greater Cairo metro has two complete operating lines; the first two phases of the third line are operating with a length of 4.3 km (5 stations) and a length of 7.7 km (four stations), respectively, while the third phase is under the construction by the French Construction Company Vinci.
Galal has announced that the fourth phase of the third line, which connects Haroun station with Cairo International Airport, will operate by mid 2018.
The company’s future plans include construction of two more lines in Cairo, besides building another metro in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.