Iraq has launched a project to develop a new entrance to its capital Baghdad involving the construction of a 6-km road, pedestrian bridges, parks and services facilities, the local press reported on Tuesday.  

The project is part of a post-war master plan for the capital comprising new satellite cities and road expansions to ease traffic congestion and tackle a housing crisis caused by high population growth and the fleeing of a large number of people from war areas. 

Baghdad officials laid the foundation stone for the new project on Tuesday and said it is one of a number of new entrances to the capital. 

“We will award a similar project soon…these projects are intended to improve the image of the capital and tackle traffic congestions which have worsened over the past years,” Baghdad City Secretary General Ammar Kadhim said without specifying the contractor of project costs. 

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)