After almost 700 days of closure, Anwar al-Sadat metro station will most probably be reopened before the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan which begins on Thursday, said transport Minister Hany Dahy.
“Let’s be optimistic, the final decision will be taken within hours,” the minister replied during a tour at the Alexandria port on Saturday when asked about reports that the reopening date had been set for Wednesday.
Sadat station has been closed for security reasons since July 2013, during the peak of political turmoil that followed the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.
The vital metro station leads up to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, a favorite protest venue since the 2011 uprising. It is also the closest station to the Interior Ministry and the US embassy.
Authorities have, since then, made frequent declarations of an imminent reopening but backtracked on the plans every time.
An official at the Interior Ministry told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the ministry has a plan to secure all subway stations, including al-Sadat.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm