River trough enters service in the Chabaish marshes
Dhi Qar / Hussein al-Amel
The Ministry of Transport, laying the foundation stone for the project of taksi river in the marshes of the province of Dhi Qar, and pointed out that the project comes to activate and support the tourism movement and facilitate the movement of transport tourists in the marshes, the management of Dhi Qar that the deck of the river includes modern boats friendly to the environment, And comfort.
"The Ministry of Transport has been a pioneer in supporting Dhi Qar province with strategic projects such as Nasiriyah Civil Airport and the River Taksi project, which will serve as a service station that will facilitate the movement of citizens and tourists," Transport Minister Kazem Fangan Al-Hamami said during the inauguration ceremony held in the Chabaish district, .
Al-Hamami added that "the project is part of the ministry's plan to activate and support the tourism movement in the marshes after its accession to the World Heritage List."
For his part, said the first deputy governor of Dhi Qar Adel al-Dakhili during his participation in the ceremony laying the foundation stone for the project that "
The Ministry of Transport, in cooperation with the local government of the province of Dhi Qar, has provided the basic base for the movement of tourists and citizens in the marshes of the province through the agreement with the General Company for Maritime Transport to provide eco-friendly tourist boats that contain all safety and comfort specifications that do not affect the fish and animal resources and biodiversity in the marshes " He added that" the project aims to revive river tourism and improve infrastructure in the areas of the marshes and raise the level of tourism services in the province.
"Al-Dakhili predicted that the project will contribute to support the economic sector in the marshes through increased resources Mechanism and operation of labor for local residents. In
turn Mayor spend Chabaish Badi Alckheon said that " the taxi river project is a joint venture between the Ministry and a local investor and includes the establishment of a number of rest areas and ports of boats on the banks of the Euphrates River , with an area of 400 meters in length" , Adding that the project is supported by four large boats, each with 20 to 40 passengers, for the purpose of organizing tours of the marshes for tourist delegations and citizens.
"The Minister of Transport promised to provide a number of other small boats that can enter the narrow places in the water bodies," he said.
The Marshlands comprise five districts of the province of Dhi Qar, which is located in the city of Nasiriyah. It is divided into 10 administrative units out of 20 which are located in the governorate. In the early 1990s, the area of the Nasiriyah marshes is estimated to be 1 million and 48,000 dunums. In 2003, about 50 percent of the total area of the Nasiriyah Marshlands.
On Sunday (17 July 2016), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) agreed to annex the marshes and archaeological areas to the World Heritage List after all members voted in favor.
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