Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb has called for a study on the new land corridor, east of the High Dam lake, to link Alaqy mountain, Khartoum and Addis Ababa. This new corridor would increase the trade volume with Nile basin countries, develop Upper Egypt and help explore gold at Alaqy mountain.
Preliminary maps and studies have shown that the corridor would start from the Cairo-Aswan main road, pass through Abu Simbel city, east of the lake, and reach Alaqy, which is rich in gold.
Gamal Hegazy, chief of the General Authority for Land and Dry Ports, said Transportation Minister Hani Dahi requested studies on the corridor, which are to be submitted to the Cabinet, particularly considering it is a strategic corridor in developing south and east of Aswan. The area is known to have gold and the smuggling of it, as well as other precious metals, has been an issue in that area for some time.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm