Implementation of the International Road Network Make Iraq an Economic Corridor Between Asia and Europe
|May 26, 2012||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
Reconstruction confirmed the continuation of work in the rehabilitation of the international road No. 1
Baghdad, Qassim Hilfi
Confirmed by the Ministry of Construction and Housing seeking to approve the second phase of the project for linking the country to neighboring countries through the passage of fast, which began implementing the first phase of it last year.
The director of the General Authority for Roads and Bridges of the Department of Engineer Samir Ibrahim in an interview with morning: The this important project, which the Ministry seeks to obtain official approval from the Cabinet to implement it, will make Iraq a corridor internationally between Asia and Europe, adding that Highway No. 2, who believes in connecting roads north of Baghdad near the gate of Taji and down to the border of Turkey and Syria to link Iraq to Turkey and Syria, is the giant projects of up costing $ 5 billion, adding that First ports of the project starting from the area near the gate of Baghdad in Taji The responsibility for implementation of the Municipality of Baghdad, to continue to areas of Samarra, Kirkuk, Erbil and Mosul, and is divided into two sections from the area of Tel Kaif, one of them to the crossing Abraham and the other toward the Syrian border, and extends to a distance of 600 km.
Said Ibrahim said that the road had been designed by the company Kuwait Consult Danish initially in the contract octogenarian, has re- Minister of Construction Mohammed Darraji contact the company mentioned, expressed its willingness to re-design so as to match modern technology and building on the variables that occurred during the quarter of a century, adding that« the Council of Ministers expressed his interest in the project, which likely referred to the Chinese companies, according to the agreement between the two countries have formed a committee of Council of Ministers to discuss with the Chinese side on this matter.
He noted that «the implementation of the project may be the method of payment on credit as one of the options, which also need special approvals, or implemented with funding from the government over 10 years or more, or investment by a global company with the imposition of fees to use it, stressing that the project does not At least as important as the Highway number one and will bring substantial imports through the passage of trucks carrying goods between the countries .
And Ibrahim said Highway No. 1 connects the road in between Iraq, Syria and Jordan as well as the song linked to the State of Kuwait, indicating that it was dependent a section is a port between Diwaniyah and Al Batha has been referred to a Turkish company and the withdrawal of the work, after failing in its implementation, and holds companies ministry implemented a world-class.
He noted that the complete this section will network linking regions of the country’s west and south of, as well as linking Iraq Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, but he also, but he lacks the business furnishings, which includes fences preventive and wired signs and traffic and marking phosphorous lost and re-planning. And that the amount of furnishing highway traffic very large, which is equivalent to the Authority’s budget for two years, drove her to resort to companies and the Ministry of Industry which began manufacturing equipment furniture , indicating that the» first test for the launch of this cooperation would be through the extension section length of 30 kilometers from the intersection of Khan Dhari to the intersection of Fallujah, an experiment first can be adopted.
He explained that there is another attempt to secure the amount of contributing to the re-furnishing and rehabilitation of Highway and return to what it was, is in agreement with the World Bank has reached an advanced stage, adding that the ministry is waiting to adopt one of the solutions to begin to furnish, with the completion of those phases in the furnishings, and an end section inactivated make way link continues without barriers between Syria and Jordan and Iraq most of the provinces all the way to Kuwait, without access to the Iraqi cities.
He Ibrahim that the overall interest of the completion of a road traffic the international No. 1 and the road to international traffic No. 2 is to make Iraq a conduit for the transfer of goods between different countries whether European or Asian, or Arab and neighboring countries will contribute to making Iraq an economic corridor linking East and West in ways that global international meets all requirements of goods and services for trucks and achieve financial savings from behind the transit passage way.
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