Egypt is set to start the first phase of Cairo’s underground fourth line project within the fiscal year 2015-16, said a report.
The Cairo Metro Line 4 will run from Haram district reaching the New Cairo district connecting Greater Cairo from west to east, said the Amwal Alghad report.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) will contribute $1.2 billion to the project, while the Egyptian government will cover a sum of $2.4 billion, Ismail El-Nagdy, chairman of the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), was quoted as saying.
The project will run from El-Malek El-Saleh Station (Interchange with Line 1) to the October-Oasis Highway Station with a total length of 18 km, passing through Giza Railway Station (Interchange with Line 2), said the report.
El-Nagdy also stated that Japan's government has expressed interest to finance the second phase of Cairo Metro Line 4 and is currently in talks with the Egyptian counterparts over making $1.2 billion contribution to the second phase project as well, it added.
On the other hand, the National Authority for Tunnels also recently launched signaling tender for phase 3 of Line 3.
The Route of phase three extends from El-Attaba to Rod El-Farag corridor, passing through Al-Kit Kaat up to Cairo Unversity station of line 2 with a total length of 18 Km, it comprises 14 stations.
The third phase includes three parts: part one extends from Attaba to Al-Kit Kat with a total length of 4 Km, it comprises (3) tunnel stations ( Naser – Maspyro – Al-Kit Kat).
The second part extends from Al-Kit Kat to Rod EL-Farag station , passing through Embaba area , with a total length of 6.6 Km ,this part comprises 6 stations ;one tunnel station , one surface station and 4 elevated station.
The six stations are: Al-Sudan – Embaba – El-Bohy – El-Qawmya El-Arabia – Ring Road – Rod El-Farag.
The third part extends from Al-Kit Kat to Cairo University, passing through Al-Mohandseen and Bolak El-Dakror areas with a total length of 7.2 Km.
It will include five stations (3 tunnels stations, one elevated station and one a surface station). The stations will be (Al-Tawfikya – Wadi El-Nile – Gamaet Al-Dowal – Bolak Al-Dakror – Cairo University).
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.
National Authority for Tunnels has received €900 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the French Development Agency (AFD) to fund the phase.