The Egyptian government is collaborating with private Nile taxi companies to encourage more people to take to Cairo's waterways as an alternative to using the gridlocked roads. Kirsty Basset reports.
This is Cairo in a traffic jam. And this could be part of the solution to easing that congestion. At least Egyptian authorities are hoping so. They're throwing their support behind existing river boat operators, to boost and improve services down the Nile. There are also plans to build official river taxi stops and set a regular timetable, to appeal to commuters. Chairman of the Nile Taxi Company, Magdy Ghalee. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CHAIRMAN OF NILE TAXI COMPANY, MAGDY GHALEE, SAYING: "Passengers will get on board at a specific time, and will know what time they will reach their destination, and I don't think that anyone who uses traditional means of transportation, even if it's ones personal car, can determine what time they'll be able to reach their destination. In addition to saving time, the scenery is beautiful, and passengers will feel relaxed and have a positive attitude." The project is seen a vital in relieving congestion on Cairo's streets, and could also give travel-weary commuters a much-needed break at the same time.