By Yasmin Sameh
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb approved a proposal Sunday to erect an EGP 850m, 15 kilometre traffic route above the El Zomor sluiceway in Giza Governorate, according to a statement posted on the cabinet’s website.
During the press conference following a meeting about the project, Mehleb said the new roadway would be four lanes wide going both directions. The project will be paid over the course of the next two fiscal years.
Mehleb said the traffic route, a joint effort between the ministries of Irrigation, Agriculture, and Environment, will not have any negative effect on neighbouring farmland. Giza Governorate has agreed to dig a number of wells as an alternative watering choice for those farmlands that have depended on the sluiceway, according to the statement.
It was not announced during the press conference which company was chosen to construct the traffic route. Whoever takes the contract, however, will be required to take into account the metro route, which will intersect with the project route, according to the statement.
The governor of Giza and the ministers of Planning and International Cooperation, Local and Organizational Development, Water Resources and Irrigation, Agriculture, and Environment also attended the meeting.