ZAMALEK RESIDENTS REFUSE METRO STATION IN SIDKY SQUARE
To whom it may concern:
We, the residents of Zamalek, refuse the Metro Station in Sidky Square for the following reasons:
1. CONSTRUCTION ISSUES
1.1 The street is 12m wide and the diameter of the tube is 10m, at a depth of 10m. Which means the metro is at too close of a proximity to the foundations of the buildings.
1.2 The digging will destabilize the soil around the buildings' foundations.
2. DURING CONSTRUCTION
2.1 The location of the station in one of the main arteries of North Zamalek. This will make traffic worse than it already is during rush hours.
2.2 Construction will close this main street for the 2 to 5 years.
2.3 It is difficult to maneuver heavy trucks and construction equipment back and forth in narrow and already highly saturated streets.
2.4 The soil in the area is a relatively recent sedimentary soil. It is not adequate for heavy structures.
2.5 Most buildings in the street will be in danger. Some of these buildings have been issued a warning from the authorities about defects in foundations.
3. AFTER CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETED & LONG TERM CONCERNS
3.1 The width of the sidewalk will be totally blocked by the metro staircase. This will force pedestrians to use the street to walk in the area.
3.2 Environmentally speaking, Sidky Square's garden and trees will be removed due to the 3.5m high concrete building for electrical converters and fans to service the tube.
3.3 In a neighborhood with few parking spaces, Sidky Square will lose its parking lot.
3.4 High underground water level due to sewage leakage would decay infrastructure.
3.5 The continuous vibrations during metro operation will lead to further destabilizing the soil over a long period of time.