Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has inaugurated several national projects in Alexandria, of which the Al-Mahmoudiya Axis road redevelopment was at the forefront.
Other projects inaugurated by the President include several in the oil sector, as well as the Bashayer Al-Khair 2 housing project, and a triple sewage treatment plant in Borg El-Arab.
The inauguration was attended by Parliamentary Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and a number of ministers and military leaders.
Speaking on the Al-Mahmoudiya Axis, President Al-Sisi noted that some Alexandria residents had initially rejected the redevelopment project. However, they now saw the project’s worth and the many benefits it brings to the city.
The president explained that the Al-Mahmoudiya Axis is set to extend to the neighbouring Beheira Governorate. He also stressed that demolition work that took place during the expansion process is aimed at the greater public good.
“We demolish, to rebuild and the people of Alexandria knew and saw this,” President Al-Sisi said.
The Al-Mahmoudiya Axis was approved by the President during the Fourth National Youth Conference in Alexandria in 2018.
The project will provide a new traffic artery in Alexandria, Egypt’s second city and the country’s main port, and is set to help reduce traffic congestion in the city. The project is also set to redevelop the Mahmoudiyah Canal area, which has for many years been neglected, whilst also redeveloping and improving the surrounding areas.
The project has provided 15,000 direct job opportunities and 25,000 indirect job opportunities, whilst also raising production efficiency, water quality and pressure in networks. It has done much to improve water pressure weakness and interruption in water services across the Alexandria Governorate. The area was also seen as a prime target for rehabilitation due to the several important factories in the area and for the city’s future expansion.
Al-Sisi had issued a directive, in February 2018, to accelerate the finalisation of current projects, such as the Al-Mahmoudiya Axis and the Bashayer Al-Kheir housing project in Alexandria Governorate. The presidential directive came during the inauguration of the first phase of a project to establish greenhouses, on an area covering 100,000 feddans, in the Matrouh Governorate.
The Al-Mahmoudiya Axis extends for about 23 km, and has been linked with the international coastal road. It includes between six and eight traffic lanes in each direction, with the axis serving four neighbourhoods, namely the Al-Muntazah First, East, Central, and West areas.