[size=36]The Minister of Transport details the suspended train project and specifies its tracks in Baghdad[/size]
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, Minister of Transport, Nasser Al-Shibli, identified today, Friday, the causes of traffic jams in the capital, Baghdad, and while he announced the preparation of a study to address them, he separated the suspended train project and determined its tracks, stressing that there was only a mechanism left to sign its contract.
Al-Shibli said, "The crowds in the capital, Baghdad, are due to several factors, foremost of which is the large number of cars imported into Iraq, and the lack of change in the streets, or a special route for buses, such as what exists in the countries of the world."
He added, "The ministry is working on studying the issue to achieve tangible results, especially that the citizen uses the vehicle to reach his work site, but if, on the other hand, there were specialized means of transportation, many citizens would have dispensed with his own vehicle."
He pointed out that "some citizens are also considered among the causes of crowding due to their failure to comply with traffic signals," noting that "the ministry is studying the establishment of external or annual roads around the capital, Baghdad, for vehicles that are not allowed to enter the capital."
On the suspended train project, Al-Shibli said: "The suspension train is important, and its absence is also one of the causes of crowding," explaining that "the ministry has not been able to sign the contract for the suspended train project since 2021 until now because of the amounts allocated to it."
He pointed out that "the suspended train project has nothing to do with the financial budget, and its financing through a loan from the Korean company Daewoo and the French company, amounting to two and a half billion dollars, and it was approved since the project was the responsibility of the Baghdad Municipality and then the province."
He explained that "the project loan includes non-payment of its money for a period of 5 years, and then the installments of the amounts after that, which reach 19 years," stressing that "the project does not need a budget, but rather needs a mechanism to sign the contract."
And he continued, "According to the plans that the ministry has, the train starts from the international station towards the holy Kadhimiya, and then crosses the iron bridge, and then reaches the Al-Shaab area. As for the second line, it also starts from the international station towards Al-Bayaa area, and then to New Baghdad." Noting that "work is currently taking place only on the Kadhimiya train."
He concluded by saying: "The suspension train project is very important, and several meetings were held for local governments in Najaf and Holy Karbala, and we asked them to grant projects similar to the suspended train project in Baghdad for investment," noting that "the ministry also has discussions with the World Bank on the project." .