A new achievement added to the record of failure for the Honorable Minister of Transport, Lieutenant General Kamel Al-Wazir, after Egypt witnessed a tragic accident, following the death of two daily workers and the injury of 26 others in the collision that occurred in the Kafr El-Alou area in Helwan. The city of Alexandria witnessed a new accident, as 4 people were killed and 40 others were injured, after a train tractor collided with a train from behind near Alexandria station. Two passengers documented the first moments of the Alexandria train accident.
Railway accidents are frequent in Egypt, especially in recent years, due to the high rate of corruption in it, and the responsibility of workers away from the higher administrations, which include hundreds of generals and generals from the army, intelligence and the interior.
Egypt has witnessed several tragic train accidents recently. Last March, two trains collided in Sohag Governorate, killing 19 people and injuring 185. Last April, train cars coming from Mansoura to Cairo derailed at Qalyubia Governorate, killing 11 people and wounding 98 others.
After that, train carriages derailed, some of which resulted in a number of injuries, as 6 carriages of a train that was heading from Cairo to Aswan were separated at the village of Manqbad in Assiut Governorate. The National Railways Authority of Egypt also announced the departure of some train cars coming from Cairo to Mansoura, in the Minya al-Qamh station area in Sharqia, injuring 15 people.
Minister of Desolation
The Alexandria disaster and before it Helwan, and before the two trains collided in Sohag governorate, shattered the hopes of citizens to end the series of train disasters in Egypt, which numbered about 12,000 accidents during one decade.
The Minister of Transport in the coup government, Lieutenant General Kamel Al-Wazir, has promised to end the deteriorating state of the railways in Egypt, armed with great support from the coup leader Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi since he took office two years ago, amid talk of unprecedented funding allocated to the development of this facility.
But the recent disaster, which led to the death of 32 citizens and the injury of 165 people as a result of the overturning of one of the two trains, indicates the need for a deep understanding of the reasons for the recurrence of train disasters in Egypt, even though the country has one of the first railways in the world.
The Railways Authority said that the two trains collided after unknown persons used emergency brakes near the city of Sohag, which led to one of the trains stopping and the other colliding with it from behind, without explaining how unknown persons could reach these brakes.
12 thousand accidents
Hardly a year passes without Egypt witnessing train accidents that lead to many casualties, amid the neglect of those concerned to improve services in this sector. There is even a page on the Arabic-language Wikipedia entitled Train Accidents in Egypt, which includes about 24 accidents and disasters since 1993 until today.
According to an official Egyptian statistics in 2017, the number of train accidents reached 12,236 between 2006 and 2016, according to the BBC website.
It is clear that this statistic includes the limited accidents that did not receive much media coverage, and it is not limited to the large-caliber train disasters in Egypt. The statistics, prepared by the Railway Authority in cooperation with the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, stated that the most number of accidents occurred in 2009, while 2012 witnessed the least number of accidents.
Escape from catastrophe to catastrophe
Kamel Al-Wazir, after a series of disasters against the background of the Toukh train coup, which killed 23 people, in addition to injuring 139 others, was miraculously given the management of railway projects to international companies, and partnership with the private sector in the transport sector of goods, in preparation for the start The Ministry is engaged in a large-scale privatization of this vital and strategic facility
Kamel spoke at the time, saying: “We contracted with the French company RATP to manage and operate the third line of the Cairo metro, and the same company to manage and operate the LRT electric train (Al-Salam / New Administrative Capital / Tenth of Ramadan), and negotiations are underway with international companies to manage and operate the two monorail lines in the Administrative Capital, and the sixth of October, as well as managing and operating the fast electric train (Ain Sukhna / Marsa Matrouh), and implementing, managing and operating the BRT frequency bus on the ring road.
The minister continued: “The agreement with international companies includes the transfer of expertise to the Egyptian side, by relying on Egyptian labor at a rate of no less than 90% at all technical, administrative, operational and supervisory levels throughout the contract period, which amounts to 15 years. Assigning the operation and management work to a number of new trains. To international companies specialized in management and operation, especially with the supply of 6 integrated trains from the Spanish company Talgo.
The strange thing is that the Minister of Transport commented the disasters on the presence of brothers who work in the railways: He said, claiming: “Yes, we have two Brotherhood workers and they are present, and all that comes to us we call them to another ministry that refuses because it has their uniforms, and the solution is to have clear, effective and strong legislation that is enforced to exclude them, Or make him sit in his house and pay him his salary, because if he had not been destroyed, he would not prevent the vandalism.”
He added during a recent session in the House of Representatives of Blood: “Unfortunately, they do not increase, and their number does not decrease, and if it had been amputated from the first, we would not have reached this, and they are present in the workshops and in other places.” And the minister continued: We will take time until the law is passed and we get rid of them, God willing. Which reflects the extent of the collapse and confusion in the country’s administration and the search for the hangers of hanging failure on it so that the failed generals escape responsibility for this neglect and those crimes.”
Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.
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