Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 5: Alexandria studies importing 15 new trams; governor reshuffle to be announced after assessment; ancient coins seized at airport
Alexandria tram, Youm7.

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Alexandria studies importing 15 new trams to join its tramway network

A total of 15 new trams are expected to join the Alexandria tramway network that serves the Mediterranean city, according to statements by the head of the General Authority for Passenger Transport in Alexandria, Khaled Elewa.

The authority has finalized the technical terms of the project, but still studying four offers from Ukraine, Italy, China and Belarus, Elewa told Youm7.

Began operating in 1863, the tramway network in Alexandria consists of 20 lines and serves 140 stops.

The price of single tram ride differs according to the carriage used, and it usually varies between 0.50 EGP to 5 EGP.


Electricity Min. to announce subsidy lifting plan soon

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker stated that he will announce the county’s plan to lift electricity subsidies gradually in a press conference within the coming days, he told Youm7.

In June, the Ministry of Electricity sent the cabinet a study to extend the period of lifting electricity subsidies in three different scenarios, in order to prevent causing any burden on citizens.


Partial closure to Kasr el-Nil Bridge for maintenance

Cairo Traffic Department said it will partially close Kasr el-Nil Bridge to apply maintenance and restoration works to the bridge joints, Youm7 reported.

Arab Contractors Company is in charge of the maintenance works of the bridge, and is set to finish work within three days starting from Friday.


New governor reshuffle to be announced soon

Minister of Local Development Ahmed Zaky Badr stated that a current assessment is underway to decide on governors who will be changed in the coming reshuffle, Youm7 reported.


Passenger busted at Luxor Airport for carrying huge amounts of ancient coins

A Netherlands-bound passenger has been busted at Luxor International Airport for possessing huge amounts of ancient coins, Youm7 reported.

Airports have repeatedly thwarted similar attempts to smuggle artifacts, sex toys, drugs, extra cash and spying cameras.

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