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Baghdad: Haider Al-Jaber
The governorates of Holy Karbala and Najaf are preparing a train project to transport visitors between the two holy cities. It is hoped that this project will contribute to reducing the momentum during religious occasions, and will also contribute to providing a financial return sufficient to fund the government treasury.
The first preparatory meeting was held in Holy Karbala, according to the Prime Minister’s directives, and included the governors of Karbala and Najaf, the director of the Prime Minister’s Office, and the government advisor for transportation affairs.
Member of the Parliamentary Transport and Services Committee, Aqeel Al-Fatlawi, praised the project, calling on the concerned authorities to pay attention to it because of its important economic and social aspects.
Al-Fatlawi told “Al-Sabah”: “This project is very important, and if it comes to light, it will alleviate the major crisis and crowding during million visits, and the burden on land transportation will be reduced.” He added, “The project is important, and we hope that the Ministry of Transport and the responsible authorities will complete it and give it greater attention.” ".
Al-Fatlawi - a representative for the Al-Najaf Governorate - continued, “This project is awaited by millions, because it ends the suffering of visitors and reduces it to a great extent.” He stressed that “it has a financial return because it is a giant project, and the number of visitors at the end of the week is enough to save the project’s money. Likewise, the movement It continues between the two governorates throughout the week.”
The representative warned that "it is sometimes impossible to transport visitors, and if a fast train is available, it can secure and reduce traffic and provide financial returns to the state treasury."
During the fortieth visit, which took place at the beginning of this month, the visitors suffered from a lack of means of transportation, despite government support and the guidance of state institutions’ mechanisms to transport them, due to their unprecedented numbers.
For his part, the Director of Media of the Holy Karbala Governorate, Rafiq Al-Hubali, announced the governorate’s intention to solve the transportation crisis during the visiting seasons.
Al-Hubali told “Al-Sabah”: “After the fortieth visit, a meeting was held in the governorate to re-evaluate the plans for the fortieth visit for the coming years. Directions were given to open a new street and prepare five squares at the entrances to Karbala to accommodate vehicles transporting visitors, in addition to establishing a train linking Karbala to Najaf via Three stations.
He continued, "A committee was formed within the governorate to submit proposals and opinions that would evaluate the performance of the visit and what could be presented for the coming years."
Edited by: Muhammad Al-Ansari
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