Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated Adly Mansour Central Interchange Station, the largest such station in the Middle East and Africa.
The inauguration of the new projects coincided with the country’s celebration of the ninth anniversary of ousting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
In 2013, Sisi, Minister of Defense at the time, announced the suspension of the constitution and early presidential elections. The head of the Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, was assigned as interim president.
Widespread protests erupted in the country against president Mohammed Morsi who was affiliated with the Brotherhood.
Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir explained that the Adly Mansour station was implemented within the transport sector development plan approved by Sisi.
Wazir explained that the plan mainly incorporated turning public transport means in Greater Cairo into echo-friendly electro-green transportation as applied in Adly Mansour interchange station as the station includes seven various means of transport, four of which are electric.
He said that it includes the Cairo-Suez railway line, the third line of the underground metro, the light electric train, the Super Jet bus station, the electric bus, and bus rapid transit (BRT).
Each carriage is equipped with Wi-Fi service and screens, offering passengers an even greater choice of content on board, the Transport Minister told Sisi.
There are also seven surveillance cameras in each train carriage, added the Minister.
The Minister noted that Egypt is the only country in Africa and the Middle East to have electric mass transportation lines of 500 kilometers long and eco-friendly.
Later, a documentary was displayed on the “Egyptian Railways,” one of the oldest railways in Africa and the Middle East and the second worldwide after Britain.
The documentary showed that the first railway line in Egypt was established between Cairo and Alexandria with a length of 208 kilometers in 1851.
Sisi, accompanied by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and several officials, inspected the train carriages, while the Minister of Transport stated that about 100 Egyptians were trained in the first stage.
At the end of the tour, the president took the train from Adly Mansour station to Badr City Station, marking the start of its operation, accompanied by Madbouly and the Transport Minister.