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Monday, 22 August 2016

Sorry, nimbies: Zamalek Metro will be built at the proposed location, without changes -Transport Ministry

Sorry, Zamalek, you’re getting a Metro stop whether you want it or not: The not-in-my-back-yard set lost a battle yesterday as the Transport Ministry confirmed that it will not change its plan to build a Cairo Metro station in Zamalek, Transportation Minister Galal Saeed told Al Shorouk. Zamalek residents had complained that drilling from the construction of the proposed station would impact the structural soundness of old buildings on the island and change the “nature of the district.” A lawsuit lodged by residents with the Administrative Court is scheduled to be heard on 18 October. A former ministry spokesman had confirmed late last year that the ministry would move the station to the periphery of the island, placating the concerns of some residents. The ministry is set to launch the third phase of Cairo Metro Line Three within two months, with the project expected to be completed within four years, said Saeed.

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