Curfew costing Cairo metro LE500k daily

Ahram Online, Sunday 25 Aug 2013

Takings on Cairo metro down 60% due to curfew, says head of metro management company


The Cairo metro system has been hit with losses of LE500,000 ($71,500) per day due to the 7pm-6am curfew imposed on 14 August, state news agency MENA reported on Sunday.

The government imposed a month-long state of emergency in an attempt to curb violence following the removal of protests in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

According to MENA, Abdullah Fawzy, the head of the Egyptian Co. for Metro Management and Operations, the losses represent 60 percent of the underground services’ daily revenues.

The management company works on the maintenance of stations and trains during the curfew, he added.

On Saturday, the cabinet decided to shorten the curfew by two hours, excluding Fridays, because of the improved security situation over the last few days.

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