Metro Station- Press Photo
CAIRO – 25 May 2017: A number of residents took part in Wednesday’s stand-in near the Cairo Marriott Hotel, protesting against the Metro station project in Zamalek District.
Dr. Amany Mahmoud, a participant in the protest, stresses studies confirm that the implementation of this project may cause the collapse of old buildings due to the nature of the soil in the area.
Eng. Tareq Abu el-Wafa, head of the Planning Department at the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), earlier confirmed that the third line of the Metro is included in the third phase plan and located in Ismail Mohamed Street in Zamalek. Moreover, there will be no modifications to the designs set by the French company. Concurrently, the Supreme Council seconded the resolution of the NAT and turned down the demands of Zamalek residents.
Residents have recently launched a fierce campaign to cancel the project or at least divert the route of the metro, proposing different routes for the new line so it would not pass through Ismail Mohamed Street, where old buildings “might collapse” as a result of the planned digging. Zamalek inhabitants eventually lost their fight and public interest won.