Iraq will soon launch the construction of its first metro in capital Baghdad after a long delay due to financial and security obstacles, an aide to the Prime Minister was quoted on Thursday as saying.
Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani will announce the start of work on the Baghdad Elevated Train (BET) project, which is intended to tackle persistent road congestion, said Nasser Al-Assadi, a transport adviser to Sudani.
“The Metro will cover nearly 80 percent of Baghdad’s area…..the project is part of a master plan for the capital, which has not been developed or maintained for 50 years,” Assadi told the official Iraqi news agency.
(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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