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Shafaq News/ The Parliamentary Reconstruction and Services Committee revealed that there are conflicts and problems that impede the progress of work in the projects of the entrances to Baghdad, resolving bottlenecks, and the new Sadr City, which caused the addition of new periods to the specified periods for the completion of these important projects.
Entrances to Baghdad
Committee member, MP Mahdia Al-Lami, told Shafaq News agency, "The five entrances to Baghdad, which are (Baghdad-Hilla), (Baghdad-Kut), (Baghdad-Mosul), (Baghdad-Baquba) and (Baghdad-Kirkuk), It suffers from a deteriorating reality, despite spending huge amounts of money on it.”
Al-Lami adds, "Therefore, work began to rehabilitate these entrances since last March, under the personal supervision of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia'a al-Sudani, so that these important entrances are proportionate and harmonious with the urban reality of the capital."
And she explains, "The Parliamentary Reconstruction and Services Committee, being a supervisory body, its members were distributed according to administrative orders at the entrances to Baghdad, so that each member takes his role in his oversight field, and at the same time provides support to enhance the work, and overcome difficulties if they exist."
The deputy reveals that "by being present with the Resident Engineer's Department and the companies executing the projects, the committee monitored the existence of conflicts that impede the progress of work in these projects, including what is related to electricity, communications, oil taboos, and others."
And she continues, "Accordingly, the completion rates for the entrances to Baghdad were contrary to expectations due to the presence of many conflicts in these areas, which forced us to extend the completion periods," indicating that "the assumed completion period was 8 months, but it will exceed this period."
Al-Lami warned, "Before starting these works, it was necessary to coordinate between the ministries and the relevant authorities to cooperate with each other and try to address the conflicts, if they exist."
It is noteworthy that the entrances to the capital, Baghdad, and the external roads leading to it suffer from great damage, which resulted in traffic accidents, continuous loss of life, and material damage to the wheels, while the Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, stressed that "the situation at those entrances has become unbearable, and it is not possible to be courteous." in this situation".
Bottleneck removal projects
The streets of Baghdad are witnessing great congestion in most of the main roads in it, and in an attempt to alleviate these congestions, Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani announced, in early March, the start of implementing the first three projects at the beginning to solve the traffic crisis.
In this regard, a member of the Parliamentary Reconstruction and Services Committee points out that "projects to remove traffic jams were launched in the third month by issuing 4 packages of 60 projects."
Al-Lami explains, "The first package was launched with 19 projects, and funds were allocated for it from the budget, and the other three packages will come in succession, and there are other projects to widen roads to areas in the east of the canal and even in the Karkh region."
It turned out that "most of the bridges were in the east of the canal, given that these areas are overcrowded and suffer from traffic jams, so there were 3 bridges, the first at the transit intersection, the second at the Dakhla intersection in the Mohandessin neighborhood, and the third bridge in Jamila."
And a member of the committee reveals, "The Construction and Services Committee has observed that the engineering team and companies suffer from many problems that delay the workflow of these projects, which may cause delays in the assumed completion periods, so we had to extend the periods as a result of these problems."
New Sadr City
In December 2022, Prime Minister Muhammad Shia' al-Sudani directed the construction of 90,000 housing units and an integrated medical city in Sadr City, east of the capital, Baghdad, according to a document seen by Shafak News. For its part, Amanat Baghdad announced, in June 2023, the signing of a contract for consulting services. For a project to prepare designs for the new Sadr City.
In this regard, a member of the Parliamentary Reconstruction and Services Committee explained, "The Sadr City project, behind the Al-Seddah area, has begun to build on a land area estimated at 2,000 dunams, with - as a first start - 90,000 housing units, similar to the Bismayah area, to relieve population bottlenecks."
Al-Lami warned, "This project was also accompanied by many problems, including the presence of transgressions by the people of the region on the project's area, and these transgressors have their own law."
And it became clear, "Since these lands - which are agricultural in origin - were leased from the Trust in accordance with the Law of Sale and Lease of State Funds, at a rate of 30, 40, and 50 years, as well as houses built on not small areas, which requires addressing this issue."
Regarding the way to deal with it, the representative indicates that "there is a procedure to form a committee to address the existing abuses, with 160 families within the space designated for this city."
And the advisor to the Prime Minister, Fadi Al-Shammari, confirmed, earlier, that the new Sadr City project is considered one of the strategic projects that receive special care and attention from the Iraqi government and the person of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, pointing out that it will be a city in the footsteps of international cities.
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