Baghdad seeks funds to restart stalled projects

They include hospitals and parks

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A labourer is seen on a crane at a construction site in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad April 28, 2012.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A labourer is seen on a crane at a construction site in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad April 28, 2012.

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Iraq's Baghdad governorate has requested large funds from the central government to restart projects that have been stalled over the past few years due to security problems and cash shortages, the local media reported on Sunday.

The projects include Baghdad city's entrances, parks, houses, Al-Horriya Hospital with a capacity of 400 beds, other hospitals under construction with a combined capacity of 475 beds, and infrastructure projects, Mawazin News and other publications said, quoting Baghdad's Governor Mohammed Al-Atta.

"We have requested funding for all stalled projects and shelved any applications for new projects for the time being...those projects which need to be completed require large funds as part of the 2020 budget," he said.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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