Final plan of subway metro stations in limbo

KUWAIT CITY, May 26: The final plan of the subway metro stations in Kuwait has been left in a limbo as bureaucracy takes a toll on the mega project, reports Al-Shahed daily.

There are complaints about delays in the project especially with the bureaucracy among financial credit, request for consultancy, mobilizing companies, Traffic, State Audit Bureau, and Fatwa and Legislation Department. State Ministry for Services Affairs had taken charge of executing this mega project with the cooperation of Public-Private Partnership Projects at an estimated cost of $20 billion after the technical agency had finished studying developmental projects and initiatives to provide adequate studies.

The number of stations had been distributed to 61 stations along 3 rail lines covering all areas and governorates in Kuwait to end the rumored figure of 71 stations.

According to sources, the first line of the metro project will start from Salwa and ends up at Kuwait University passing through 18 stations and covering a distance of about 23.7 kilometers. The second line will start from Hawally and ends in Kuwait City, passing through 26 stations and covering a distance of about 21 kms.

The third line will be from Kuwait International Airport to Jaber Al-Mubarak area, covering a distance of about 24 kms.

The metro will avoid the traffic congestions witnessed on the roads. Ten percent of the metro project will be underground while 90 percent will be on ground. The railway lines were supposed to be ready by next November but some hurdles such as bureaucracy are causing the delays.

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