Sisi directs to complete upgrading railway system, orders paying compensations to victims



Sat, 27 Mar 2021 - 12:00 GMT


Sat, 27 Mar 2021 - 12:00 GMT

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during his meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and several officials

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during his meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and several officials

CAIRO - 27 March 2020: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has directed the application of all measures to achieve a balance between the comprehensive upgrading plan of the railway system and the operation of trains nationwide.


He particularly stressed the importance of promoting safety and security criteria for passengers.


Sisi's remarks came during his meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly on Saturday morning just a few hours after a train crash that claimed the lives of at least 32 people and left scores injured in central Egypt.


The meeting was attended by Justice Minister Omar Marwan, Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Local Development Minister Mahmoud Shaarawy, Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfiq, Health and Population Minister Hala Zayed, Transport Minister Kamel el Wazir and Minister of Social Solidarity Neveen el Kabbag.


"A full upgrade of the railway system is the only way to end such kind of disasters," Sisi said.


Some delay will be accepted in times when trains will arrive or depart until the upgrading plan is fully implemented, he also said.


According to the presidential spokesman, Bassam Radi, the meeting followed up the train collision, which took place in Sohag governorate in Upper Egypt on Friday.


Sisi was informed about all details on the accident and the latest developments of ongoing investigations, Radi said.


Radi added the meeting also discussed reports regarding medical care that is offered to the injured as well as the provision of appropriate compensations to the victims.  


Meanwhile, Egyptian National Railways said that train traffic on Cairo/Aswan High Dam line has returned to normal following disruption of service on the heels of a deadly train collision that occurred near the city of Tahta in, Sohag governorate in Upper Egypt, on Friday.


ENR said in a statement that the train traffic has been almost fully resumed after all preparations had been taken between the stations of Maragha and Tahta.


The train traffic is now normal at all lines and railway operations are completely relaunched, it added.


Earlier on Friday, two trains had collided in the Tahta township in Sohag governorate, killing at least 32 people and injuring more than 160.




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