Under the framework of the Egyptian government’s efforts to develop the utilities of the transport sector, Moustafa Madbouli, Prime Minister of the North African nation has conducted an inspection of Cairo Metro Line 3 (CML3) Phase 4B.
During his visit to the project site, the PM stressed that there are assignments from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to complete all the phases of the metro and improve its services by implementing all the necessary precautionary procedures to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across various worksites.
Covering an area spanning 7.8km, CML3 Phase 4B includes six higher stations, namely El Nozha, Hisham Barakat, Omar ibn El Khatab, Qebaa, Haykesteb, and Adly Mansour.
The PM was accompanied by Lieutenant General Kamel El Wazir, Minister of Transport; Major Gen. Khaled Abdel Aal, Cairo governor; Dr. Essam Wali, chairman of the National Authority for Tunnels; Eng. Mohsen Salah, CEO and chairman of the Arab Contractors Company; Eng. Osama Bishai, CEO of Orascom Construction; Eng. Osama Moustafa, manager of JV of the Arab Contractors Company and Orascom Construction; Eng. Ahmed Shawki, commercial manager of the JV; and Eng. Abdel Hay Badawy, project manager.
The transport minister said that the operational tests and final stages for the stations will be completed to settle the service plan. Additionally, following the arrival of the necessary testing equipment as well as the experts, a safety operation certificate will be issued.
He pointed out that CML3 is similar to the link between Line 1 which is the oldest line of the metro network, which interchanges with Line 3 in Nasser Station; and Line 2 which interchanges the service with Line 3 in Attaba and Cairo University stations.
In addition to these, Line 3 will have interchanges with the Monorail of the New Administrative Capital in Stad Station; and exchanges with the passengers’ service with Monorail of 6 October in Wadi El Nil station.
According to the transport minister, the total cost of the project has reached $6.2m, with work progressing on the CML3. It extends from Attaba to El Kit Kat and branches towards the north to the final station at Rod El Farag Axis and at the south to Cairo University, covering a total length of 17.7km.
Divided into three parts, the first part of CML3 has a total length of 4km from Attaba to El Kit Kat; it includes 4 underground stations, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Maspero, ElZamalek, and El Kit Kat. The first part is scheduled to be opened in December 2021.
Covering 6.6km length, the second part extends from El Kit Kat to the interchange station at Rod El Farag Axis. It includes six stations — a ground station: El Sudan, four higher stations, Imbaba, El Bohy, El Qawmia El Arabia, and the Ring Road, at-grade station; and the interchange station at Rod El Farag Axis. This part is scheduled to be opened in June 2022.
Meanwhile, the third part spans 7.1km-length and extends from El Kit Kat to Cairo University station, and will be opened in April 2023 It includes five stations, with three ground stations comprising El Tawfikia, Wadi El Nile, and Gameat El Dewal; a higher station, Cairo University; and an at-grade station, Boulak El Dakrour.
During his tour at the El Nozha station, Mabdouli and other officials inspected the ticket windows as well as the entry and exit gates; and the first electronic wallet card was printed from the station for the PM.
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