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KUWAIT CITY, June 16: The Ministry of Public Works announced that the annual plan for the projects of the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (PART), which will be presented during the 2022/2023 fiscal year, has been published in the official gazette, reports Aljarida daily.
According to ministerial sources, the plan includes the study, preliminary design and preparation of the documents of Kuwait railways tender (phase one). They explained that the objectives of the tender are the study and engineering design of the GCC railway track of length of 111 km, and the facilities attached to the project”. The scope of the project is “the study and design of the first phase of the railway project (The Gulf Train) and the preparation of special and general conditions for the project”.
The duration for the implementation of this tender is 12 months. It will be offered to global consulting offices through a public offering based on the special conditions that are set by PART. This project will be presented to global consulting offices due to the fact that Kuwait has never before implemented such giant vital projects. Through this tender, the railway route, the project’s work mechanism, the implementation mechanism, the time period and the real cost of the project will be determined.
The implementation tender will then be presented to the international companies with authority to start work on the project through the winning company, which aims to make a qualitative leap concerning the Gulf road transport via “the Gulf train”, in addition to the large economic returns resulting from it for all the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
It is worth mentioning that the Kuwaiti railway project is part of a larger project to link the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which is known as “The Gulf Train”. The total length of the track is estimated at about 2,117 km. It connects Kuwait City through all the GCC countries to the Omani city of Muscat via Sohar.
The cost is estimated to be about USD 15.4 billion, and the estimated cost of the project in Kuwait is about KD 300 million, according to what was announced by PART. Kuwait had previously announced the railway track as part of the project’s work, but all the measures taken will return to the starting point, as the international consulting company that designs the project will be responsible for defining the route, its objectives, the mechanism for its implementation and its work.