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PART preps feasibility study to build on simplified procedures – Move aims to attract investors

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 7: The traffic crisis has escalated recently, which prompted all concerned parties to think of developing immediate and long-term solutions to solve this crisis and mitigate its impact, which is increasing year after year, reports Al-Rai daily. Since the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport is one of those concerned parties, it has developed several solutions for areas that suffer from frequent traffic jams, most notably the creation of new entrances and exits in these areas, linking them with highways, in coordination with the General Traffic Department, in parallel with accelerating the revival of the metro project as one of the long-term solutions, which can solve a large part of the crisis, especially in densely populated areas.

An official source at the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport told the daily, “The authority will begin during the coming period an economic feasibility study for the metro project to move it again, in contrast to the study prepared by the Public- Private Partnership Projects Authority, which concluded that the project’s implementation cost will be high to the investor, compared to the profitable returns that the project can generate. The source added, “PART will take into account the feasibility study prepared by the Partnership Projects Authority and build on it, but with simplification of some procedures, with the aim of encouraging investors and expanding the base of participation in this project,” noting that the Authority will follow the steps in preparing the study for the railway project

He stated that the authority is considering reducing the number of metro tracks, so that the first phase of its implementation is limited to areas with high population density, so that the financial return of the project is suitable for the investor, noting that the authority’s initiation in preparing a feasibility study for the project is subject to the completion of the process of transferring all employees from the Ministry of Works and appointing a general manager and filling all vacant positions.

The source pointed out that the authority considers itself a key partner in developing perceptions and proposals that would reduce traffic congestion, as it had previously presented its perceptions and proposals regarding the problem of congestion in the Sabah Al- Salem area (block 1), and has already started implementing the first solutions to this problem through building entrances and exits for this plot in order to achieve the smooth fl ow of vehicular traffic in that area.

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