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Economy News _ Baghdad
Today, Thursday, the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Public Municipalities counted the number of its service projects since 2020, while stressing the need to address damage and distortions on the roads immediately.
The Director General of the Department of Roads and Bridges in the ministry, Hussein Jassim, said in an interview with the Iraqi News Agency and followed by "Al-Iqtisad News", "Our departments, after the stoppages that occurred in 2014, due to the financial, security and economic crisis that passed through the country, began to resume their projects throughout Iraq, in the middle of the year." 2020,", noting that "important and large projects have been developed after the financial crisis has passed."
He added that "some of our projects have now been completed, and we are continuing to accomplish a lot as well," noting that "the projects include the construction of bridges and second corridors linking the governorates within the department's plan to improve the level of safety throughout the national network while continuing maintenance work."
He continued, "The 2021 plan includes more than 63 projects distributed in all governorates, including bridges and annual roads," explaining that "more than 20 projects have been completed since the middle of the year 2020 until now."
Jassim expressed his hope that his department will accomplish more than ten projects during the current year, pointing out: "We continue to implement our projects within the timelines despite the suffering and problems facing us, especially the lack of approval of the budget and the insufficient financial allocations to ensure the smooth continuity of projects because what is allocated In our budgets, it constitutes only 10% of the value of these projects, and therefore it will affect the completion rates.”
He stated that "leaving the roads without maintenance has exacerbated their damage, distortions and defects," stressing the need to "conduct immediate maintenance work on the roads as soon as the damage and defect occur, so as not to be damaged more and cost the state more money when maintaining it."
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