PROJECTS: Iraq to begin work on Baghdad Metro in Q2 2022

Metro likely to be expanded to Bismaya City

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker stands on the special train 'Helvetia' in the NEAT Gotthard Base tunnel near Erstfeld May 7, 2012. The train, which is 481 metres (1578 ft) long and weighs 787 tons, is constructed to produce concrete for the installation of the railway tracks in the tunnel. Crossing the Alps, the world's longest train tunnel should become operational at the end of 2016. The project consists of two parallel single track tunnels, each of a length of 57 km (35 miles ) REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker stands on the special train 'Helvetia' in the NEAT Gotthard Base tunnel near Erstfeld May 7, 2012. The train, which is 481 metres (1578 ft) long and weighs 787 tons, is constructed to produce concrete for the installation of the railway tracks in the tunnel. Crossing the Alps, the world's longest train tunnel should become operational at the end of 2016. The project consists of two parallel single track tunnels, each of a length of 57 km (35 miles ) REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Arnd Wiegmann

Iraq is planning to begin work on the much-delayed Baghdad Elevated Metro in the second quarter of 2022, an official has said.

Planning Ministry Undersecretary Maher Hammad said the project could also be expanded at a later stage to cover suburban areas.

"Allocations for the project have been approved in the 2020-2021 budget...there is a decision to start working on the project in the fourth month of 2022," Hammad said, quoted by Al-Iqtisad News and other Iraqi publications.

He said the metro would cover most areas in Baghdad and may be expanded later to cover the new Bismaya city and other areas in the outskirts of the capital.

Iraqi officials have recently said the project would soon be awarded to the French transport giant Alstom, which has been involved in the project from the beginning.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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