The evacuation of Tahrir Mogamma (Tahrir Complex), the infamous administrative building in Tahrir Square, has commenced, announced Galal Said, Cairo Governor, reported Daily News Egypt.
The relocation process of the 14-story building will take one year to complete.
The primary reason for the relocation is to reduce traffic congestion in Tahrir Square and decrease population density in the capital, said Ahmed Taymour, Deputy Cairo Governor, Amwal Al Ghad reported.
As part of the plan to evacuate the complex, each ministry will be responsible for withdrawing its agencies from the complex. A number of ministries have already relocated to other areas, Said noted.
Some administrations and bodies have refused to be relocated, such as the State Lawsuits Authority and the passports, immigration, and nationality offices.
The iconic administrative building employs 30,000 people and an average of 100,000 citizens visit the building daily.