Iraq is planning to expand its Baghdad International Airport and build several satellite towns in the outskirts of the capital to ease congestion, the official Iraqi Alsabah newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The projects will be included in the 2021 budget which has yet to be approved by parliament and cabinet, the paper said.

It quoted Baghdad's Deputy Governor Ali Al-Ithawi as saying the projects also comprise the construction of new hospitals, expansion of sewage networks and hundreds of services and infrastructure projects in the capital Baghdad.

He said towns and other residential projects would be executed by local and foreign developers under the supervision of the Housing and Construction Ministry.

"The most important projects to be included in the 2021 budget comprise towns in the outskirts of Baghdad to ease population congestion in the city as well as the development of Baghdad Airport," he said.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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