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Kuwait metro plan studies 'completed in a year'

Senior official says Gulf state has made 'great strides' with multi-billion dollar rail system

Kuwait metro plan studies 'completed in a year'
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Feasibility studies into plans for a multi-billion dollar metro system in Kuwait will be completed within a year, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Mohammed Mohsen Al-Busairi, minister of communications, said the gulf state had "made great strides" towards setting up the nationwide rail network.

In his opening speech at the Kuwait Metro and Rail Conference Exhibition, Busairi said the metro project would help ease the traffic jams and would represent a "quantum leap" for Kuwait and GCC transportation sectors.

The minister said that all the Metro project-related studies would be conducted within a year and the project execution would take a few years, state news agency KUNA reported.

The project would cover all residential and industrial areas in Kuwait, he added.

Last month, it was reported that Kuwait may choose a consultant to study the rail project in a matter of weeks.

"A consultant to conduct all feasibility studies for the metro project prior to issuing a tender is currently being selected," Hashem Altabtabaei, an official at the finance ministry and technical team leader at the Partnerships Technical Bureau, said.

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Too long in Kuwait 8 years ago

More wishful thinking with no basis whatsoever.