Egypt's State Council recommends reopening Tahrir Metro station

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Jan 2015

Sadat station in Tahrir Square has been closed for almost 18 months, causing additional congestion and overcrowding in central Cairo

File photo of Egyptians taking the metro in Cairo. (Photo: Reuters)

Commissioners at the State Council have recommended obliging the government to reopen Sadat metro station in Tahrir Square.

In their report on Wednesday, the commissioners said there were no "realistic or legal" justifications for the continued closure of the station that has been shut since August 2013.

It said the closure "increases the suffering of metro passengers."

The Commissioners body, headed by State Council deputy head judge Mohamed El-Demerdash, recommended issuing a ruling from the administrative court to reopen the station and undertake measures to ensure security at the station and in Tahrir Square.  

A group of citizens filed a lawsuit against the president and the minister of interior over the closure of the station, one of only two stations where millions of underground travelers can swap between Cairo's two longer metro lines.

Now as travelers along the two lines can only swap Al-Shohada station in Ramses Square, complaints of extreme overcrowding and sexual harassment have been on the rise.

The government has cited security reasons several times for the station’s closure.  

3.5 million passengers use Cairo's metro to travel on a daily basis.

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