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PARLT re-positions railway, metro projects to zero again

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KUWAIT CITY, May 30: The Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport (PARLT) has re-positioned the railway and metro projects to zero again to conduct new studies on the two projects which the authority and the Ministry of Services have refused to implement through the Public Private Partnership Authority (PPPA), reports Al-Qabas daily. In an official letter to the National Assembly on short-, medium- and long-term solutions to cope with traffic congestion, the authority said the problem of overcrowding is due to the steady increase in population and the creation of new cities outside the urban area.

Meanwhile, in its report the daily added the reasons for the overcrowding include the increasing number of vehicles, issuing licences, changing land use to investment and trade and the weak public transport role.

Sources explained the keenness to coordinate the issue with the concerned authorities, the most important of which is Kuwait Municipality and the Ministry of Interior to put in its plan the design and implementation of quick solutions and proposals to confront the crisis in all regions through the introduction of entrances and exits on the main roads and rapid construction of sub-expansions creation of U-turns under bridges and the conversion of traffic signals to intersections to get rid of overcrowding.

The authority said that with regard to the recommendation to revive the metro and railways projects and the development of the public transport sector, it said the railway project falls within the scope of the Ministry of State for Services — the project which was in the hands of the PPPA before the establishment of the Roads Authority.

Sources added the PPPA had provided the preliminary technical and engineering study for the project, which included the first phase of the link with the GCC countries extending from the southern border into Saudi Arabia ‘Nuwaiseeb’ to the Seventh Ring Road and north through the Silk City to the Mubarak Port with a total length of 265 km. In the meantime, seventeen companies and a global consortium will vie for the execution of the Dabdabah solar energy project according to the assessment of the Kuwait National Petroleum Company which is executing this project, reports Al-Rai daily quoting reliable sources.

The sources indicated the winning company will be announced within a week or two. The estimated duration of the project is 6 months — duration of the proposal is 4 months, and the duration of the evaluation and the allocation of about two months.

The sources said the qualification will be according to the lowest bidder and conformation to specifications, whether it is a company or a consortium. The project will be built within the Shaqaya renewable energy complex of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

The project is expected to produce 15 percent of the annual oil sector consumption of electricity, equivalent to 2.450 million megawatt hours per year. The project also limits carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 1.3 million tons per year. The plant is scheduled to be operational in the third quarter of fiscal 2020-2021

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