A Motorway is Being Built Directly Between Residential Areas

A Motorway is Being Built Directly Between Residential Areas

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The construction of highways has a high impact on nature, but sometimes also on close residents who do not agree with the construction. Understandably, the highway can cause more noise, traffic jams, or worse views.

Residents of Giza’s Al-Umraniyah district are experiencing a similar situation, where the Egyptian government has decided to build a new motorway ring that leads directly through a densely populated neighborhood between residents’ houses and balconies.

For your interest, this is how it looks. Residents of this apartment building can wave to cars driving a few meters from you.

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It is an ambitious project called the Axis of King Salman, which aims to connect the northern and southern parts of the province of Giza. The highway will be about 12 kilometers long and should be used daily by more than 750,000 cars.

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The government is defending the project precisely because it is a strategically important construction needed for the national infrastructure. Houses located in the vicinity of the buildings will be demolished and the owners will be paid compensation.

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Living here has turned into a nightmare. Permanent noise combined with dust forces people to keep all windows closed at all times. The worst are the people from the lower floors because it is located under the bridge. Residents are constantly trying to fight the construction, but the government does not want to withdraw from the project.

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