May 6, 2019
Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone, witnessed the experimental operation of the “Tahya Misr” tunnels located below the Suez Canal. The tunnels were inaugurated by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday as part of the national projects inaugurated in Ismailia.
The Ismailia Governorate witnessed the opening of 12 development projects including the Suez Canal Tunnels, New Ismailia City, a new Drinking Water Station in Greater Ismailia, a new Fisherman’s Lake Corniche, a Tourist walkway on the Lake and a new Fish Market, new traffic Corridors Project, the Sarbium Floating Bridge in Ismailia, and Martyr Ahmed Omar Shubroui in Echatt area in Suez.
In a statement during his inspection of the tunnels on the first day of Ramadan, Admiral Mohab Mameesh said that the new tunnels link east and west of Ismailia. The transit time is between 15 and 20 minutes and the allowed speed is 60 km under radar control. The tunnels pass below ground surface and the navigational course of the Suez Canal at a depth of 70 and 53 meters respectively. The length of the tunnel is 5 thousand and 820 meters. They are connected by multiple cross-passages every 500 meters, which can be used in evacuating individuals in emergency situations and to increase the safety rate of the tunnels. The tunnels consist of two lanes for cars.
Mameesh stated that the Suez Canal tunnels were built, drilled, and finished by Egyptian hands. The total cost was approximately 12 billion pounds. It was built by 3,000 engineers, technicians and Egyptian workers beginning in July 2016 till 2019, and is the largest development at local and continental levels.
The crossing begins from Ismailia to Sinai through the tunnels. It starts from the security zone outside the tunnel, which contains 10 checkpoints in each direction with a total of 20 points in both directions to and from Sinai. The inspection procedure for each car is conducted using the latest radiographs and police dogs. The tunnel administration allocated 4 points in each direction to inspect vehicles, and 6 points for heavy transport inspection and buses. After the inspection, the car goes to the “Carta” payment gate, which is about two and a half kilometers from the tunnel body, so that there is no crowdedness or jamming in front of the Tunnel entrance. The payment and inspection area include parking lots, a mosque and a car services area.