Transport Minister Hesham Arafat checks a VIP passenger train - File Photo
CAIRO - 18 July 2017: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi stressed on Tuesday the necessity of finalizing the electric passenger train project within two years.
The president made the statement during a meeting with representatives of the Chinese companies in charge of the project in the presence of Transport Minister Hesham Arafat.
The project is of great importance as it will help facilitate the transport of goods and services between Greater Cairo and the New Administrative Capital, presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said.
Arafat, for his part, said the project will contribute to upgrading urban areas and reducing traffic congestion in Cairo.
The train will pass through an area of 66 kilometers, including 11 stations, the minister pointed out.