Egypt Watch

New road tolls imposed on residents of New Cairo cities

The National Road Company of the Egyptian Army has started collecting new road tolls on the Cairo-Suez Desert Road, which is the main road for entering the new Cairo cities, al-Shorouk, Badr and Madinaty. The road tolls gate caused heavy traffic on the road, due to the collection of tolls from each car, which stoked anger among the residents of the three cities. Residents considered the new tolls as a royalty that the state imposes on them because they will have to pay the tolls daily as they drive back and forth to their homes.

MP Abdel Hamid Kamal submitted a request for briefing to Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly, and Minister of Transport Kamel el-Wazir, pointing out that the road still suffers from lighting problems in the direction of the Suez Governorate. El-Wazir said that the state has established a huge road network at a cost of $175 billion, and citizens must contribute to the cost of these roads because the state alone cannot afford it.

It is noteworthy that the National Road Company has been assigned to establish and develop the national roads network, and it collects the tolls for most roads in Egypt, and these funds do not go to the state budget, but rather a private fund for the company that is not subject to any oversight by parliament or judicial institutions.