Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has ordered upgrading and widening Cairo's major 6th October Bridge, and all roads extending below it, as part of the country's plan to develop roads and corridors nationwide.
During a meeting with senior officials of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority on Wednesday, El-Sisi called for enlarging the two-lane bridge as much as possible, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.
The nearly 20-kilometre bridge, the longest high bridge in Egypt, connects Cairo's neighbouring Giza Governorate to the eastern part of the capital while crossing over the Nile and leading to some of the city's major squares.
Wednesday’s meeting also tackled the work progress in several Engineering Authority projects countrywide, including the New Administrative Capital (NAC), which features Egypt's Islamic Cultural Centre of Egypt, which will be home to one of the world’s largest mosques, Misr Mosque.
President El-Sisi demanded the designs and decorations of the Islamic Cultural Centre and the Misr Mosque be made in a way that reflects ancient Egyptian Islamic history.
He was briefed on the latest developments concerning the NAC's construction projects, foremost of which are the National Museum for Sports, the Egyptian Olympic Committee Headquarters and other sports federations headquarters.
The designs for the main entrances to the NAC and the interior designs for the buildings of the House of Representatives and the Senate were also reviewed during the meeting.