Workmen in Cairo are changing the face of that ancient city so that it can better cope with those modern day problems -- traffic congestion and a growing population.
SV & GV Traffic in Square (2 shots)
GV & SV Ramses bridge project sign
GV & SV Folucca carrying Aswan stone for walls (2 shots)
MV Man carrying cement ZOOM OUT TO GV bridge under construction
SVs Men breaking stones
GV Workmen on bridge
SV Workmen lifting stone slabs
GV Shots of flats under construction in Cairo suburb of Dekki (4 shots)
Traffic in square; Anglican Cathedral; shots of bridge under construction; shots of flats being built.
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Background: Workmen in Cairo are changing the face of that ancient city so that it can better cope with those modern day problems -- traffic congestion and a growing population.
All round the Egyptian capital new buildings are replacing the old, but nothing needs improvement more than the present traffic problem. Traffic jams are common and driving in Cairo, as in most major cities, is not an enjoyable event.
Presently, the city's two main bridges are always clogged with traffic. To relieve congestion, a new bridge is now being built over the Nile. It's hoped once the bridge, to be known as Ramses Bridge, is finished, crossing the Nile will become less difficult for motorists.
To make way for the new bridge, Cairo's old Anglican Cathedral will have to come down.
In Tahrir Square, probably the city's busiest, a new pedestrian walkway has been erected, allowing traffic to move through the area at a much quicker pace.
To cope with Cairo's ever growing population, new flats are going up in various parts of the city, including the Cairo suburb of Dokki.
SYNOPSIS: Ancient Cairo is trying to come to grips with its modern traffic problems. In doing so, the face of the city is changing.
This old Anglican Cathedral will come down so that a new bridge -- the Ramses Bridge -- can be built across the Nile.
Small river boats, called "Fellucas", travel up the Nile from Aswan, carrying heavy stones to be used in the construction of the new bridge. When it is finished, city authorities hope traffic will be less congested on the series of old bridges now feeding the city. The Ramseses Bridge will cross over Gazira Island before reaching the east bank of the Nile.
Besides the bridge, a walkway has been built over Tahrir Square, one a battle ground between motorists and pedestrians.
To house the city's growing population, new flats are going up, including this development in the Cairo suburb of Dokki. It's projects like those that are giving the old capital a new look.