BAGHDAD, June 8 (Reuters) - The Baghdad mayor's office invited international companies on Monday to bid to build two metro lines crossing the war-battered Iraqi capital.
The first line should have 20 stations and run 18 km (11 miles) from the giant Shi'ite Muslim slum of Sadr City in the city's northeast to the largely Sunni district of Adhamiyah in its northwest, a statement on a government website said.
The second line would be 21 km (13 miles) long and have 21 stations between upscale Mansour district in the west and the equally upper-middle-class area of Mesbah in the east.
Violence has fallen sharply in Iraq in the past year, and the government wants to build up the private sector and develop infrastructure damaged and neglected during years of conflict.
The metro project is an ambitious one for a city only just beginning to emerge from years of sectarian bloodshed between once dominant Sunnis and majority Shi'ites. Devastating car and suicide bombs, mostly blamed on al Qaeda or other Sunni Islamist cells, still regularly rock the city of uncertain millions.
"It's a daydream," said Salah Abdul-Razzaq, the governor of Baghdad province, whose office is separate from the mayor's. "It is costly, we would need billions of dollars," he said, arguing instead for the construction of a monorail.
(But Even if it doesn't happen, it shows its government is willing to let foreigners invest on such important infrastructure. I wish that the Government here in Mexico was just as willing to look for alternatives to build a much-and-long needed Metro in Guadalajara.)
Iraq signs urban rail pact with Alstom
December 06, 2017
THE Iraqi government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Alstom for the development of a light rail line in Baghdad and a two-line metro in Basra
The MoU was signed during a Franco-Iraqi government meeting, in the presence of Dr Sami Al Araji, head of Iraq’s National Investment Committee, and Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, secretary of state to France’s minister of European and foreign affairs
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