Chairperson of the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), Essam Wally, has signed two contracts for construction work on Phase 1 of the Cairo Metro Line 4.
Other signatures on the contract for the Phase 1 construction were provided by representatives from a consortium representing the Arab Contractors, Hassan Allam Holding, Petrojet, and Concord.
Two contracts covering work on the traffic system were signed with a representative of the Mitsubishi/Orascom Consortium that will undertake the work. This project is composed of four portions, namely: construction of the western part; construction of the east part; construction of a traffic system; and rolling stocks. The contracts signed on this occasion covered two of these four portions.
Masaki Noke, Ambassador of Japan to Egypt, attended a contracts signing ceremony for construction work on the Cairo Metro Line 4. This comes as part of bilateral cooperation projects between Egypt and Japan that will see funding from Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), an arm of the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The signing ceremony was also attended by Egypt’s Minister of Transportation Kamel El-Wazir, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Molla, and Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat.
In a statement to mark the occasion, Ambassador Noke said, “The Cairo Metro Line 4 will connect Egypt’s two largest governorates, Cairo and Giza, facilitate the people’s movement, and alleviate the heavy road traffic.”
He added, “We will continue to devote our efforts to accomplish this vitally important project for Egyptians, referring to Japanese expertise which has been gained through the 286 stations and 13 lines in the Tokyo metro network.”
The governments of Egypt and Japan agreed, in 2012, to implement the Phase 1 of the Cairo Metro Line 4 as a bilateral cooperation project. A Japanese fund of ¥32.7bn, equivalent to about $315m, has been already extended to this project.
Phase 1 of the Cairo Metro Line 4 will connect the El Malek El Saleh Station in central Cairo with the Hadayek El Ashgar Station in Giza.
The connection makes it possible for passengers to transfer to Line 1 at El Malek El Saleh Station and Line 2 at Giza Station, facilitating their movement and alleviating heavy road traffic.
In addition, this line is expected to ensure greater convenience for tourists looking to visit the Great Pyramids as well as the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). Ambassador Noke expressed his wish that people “take the Cairo Metro Line 4 to visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, another symbol of Egyptian-Japanese friendship.”