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Baghdad invites bids to build two metro lines

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.
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Wonder what they're putting in their hookah's these days. Now they're hallucinating metros.
Sounds too good to be truth.

(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.)
The idea of a metro is a good idea - it would provide employment and generate investment, both of which are critical for the city, and the country at large.

I wonder how many would be employed during its construction - 10,000?
Hopefully the war situation will have changed, by the time the Baghdad Metro is constructed. It's a city that needs it - it has a huge population.

Schematic map from the interwebz.

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So the route will follow the original route planned when Sadam was in power? I thought part of that metro was built but maintained only for military uses.

Baghdad metro operator sought
01 Sep 2017

IRAQ: The government is reported to be seeking an operator for two proposed underground metro lines in Baghdad.

Both lines would be 23 km long. Line 1 would have 25 stations and Line 2 would have 22, with one interchange station serving both lines

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From Rail Journal

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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