Feb 28 2010
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Local firms to get big slice of railway project
DOHA: Local contracting companies would be awarded major works in the proposed multi-billion dollar rail project, some 70 to 80 percent of which will comprise construction work.
The proposed railroad network is planned to operate on four major routes that would link various areas of the country to one another, according to an official.
Dr Hassan Al Fudallah, Vice-CEO of Qatari Diar, was talking to Qatar News Agency about the three mega railway projects (the metro network within Greater Doha, the over-ground railways covering entire Qatar and eventually linking it to the rest of the GCC region, and cargo trains).
The Green and Yellow routes will link the eastern part of Doha to its west. The Blue Route is designed to run along C-Ring Road, said Al Fudallah.
The metro rail project will cover a total distance of 354km and the trains will run at speeds of 80 to 160km per hour.
The ground rail network will cover a total distance of 345km and traverse the entire country and passenger electric trains will be running at between 220 and 350km per hour.
The projects are to be completed in phases between 2010 and 2016 and will take into consideration Qatar's bid to host the football World Cup in 2022.
This network will be linked to the GCC railways by 2017. Cargo trains covering major economic centres in Qatar will be running at 120km per hour.
Explaining the benefits of the mega transportation project, Al Fudallah said the project will provide the country with sophisticated transportation system and hence support Qatar's plan to achieve sustainable development.
Besides the economical and social benefits, the project will also will have a positive environmental impact as it will cut fuel consumption by cars.
As 70 to 80 percent of the project will comprise construction work, it is believed the project will give a boost to local contracting companies.
By MOHAMED SAEED
© The Peninsula 2010
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