FILE- Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat
CAIRO – 23 August 2018: A total of seven new major axes will be established on the River Nile in Upper Egypt, aiming to link main roads located on the western and eastern banks of the Nile, stated Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat Thursday.
The main idea of having these new bridges is to save time, fuel consumption and transport cost, according to Arafat, who ensured that the move is part of the ministry’s plan to develop the Upper Egypt area.
In the statement, Arafat went on saying that the ministry’s developmental plan includes building new road networks to contribute to linking new industrial and urban communities.
This comes within the government's keenness to develop the Upper Egyptian governorates. The new axes project will be implemented in several Upper Egypt governorates, including Sohag, Aswan, Qena, Minya, Assiut and Beni Suef.
In May, the General Authority for Roads and Bridges announced allocating LE 12.65 billion ($712.64 million) for the upgrade of the Upper Egypt’s network of roads. The development works are scheduled to end by 2019 and are aimed at developing 29 roads.
The reconstruction works include asphalt paving for the abovementioned roads, known for being accident black spots. The scheme also aims at enlivening such roads, since most lack rest stops, such as Wahat Road.
The areas surrounding the desert roads leading to the governorates of Upper Egypt are believed to be inhabited by gangs and terrorists, whose presence in such areas increased after the security vacuum that followed the 2011 revolution.
However, drivers usually prefer to take desert routes and ditch the agricultural ones that are full of artificial bumps.