Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab inaugurated Thursday morning the digging work on first part of the fourth phase of Cairo Metro Line 3 Project.
The inauguration was in the presence of Egypt’s ministers of planning, housing, and transport in addition of Cairo governor and France’s ambassador in Egypt.
At a total cost of 4.345 billion Egyptian pounds ($569.3 million,) the 5.15 kilometer-long tunnel will start from the Haroun area in Cairo’s northern district of Heliopolis and include five stations: Haroun, Heliopolis Square, Alf Maskan, al-Shams Club and al-Nozha 1.
The first part of the fourth phase in Cairo Metro Line 3 is scheduled to be completed by end of 2017, Transport Minister Hany Dahy noted.
The second part of the fourth phase will encompass a 6.45 kilometer-long track above ground and will include other five stations starting from al-Nozha 2 and ending at the Al Obour city north of Cairo, according to the Chairman of the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) Ismail El Nagdy.
The Cairo Metro Line 3 extends from Cairo’s the northwest district of Imbaba to the northeast nearby the Cairo airport. The line will cross the River Nile twice, once at the western branch between Imbaba and Zamalek Island, and again at the eastern branch between Zamalek and downtown Cairo. The total length of the line is approximately 30.6 km, of which 28.1 km is an underground section.