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Nearly 20% of Doha Metro tunnels have been excavated

Contractors have so far reportedly dug 18.5km of tunnels for the mega $36bn transportation project

Nearly 20% of Doha Metro tunnels have been excavated
The Doha Metro project will meet the demands of the rapidly expanding population of Qatar.

Nearly 20 percent of the tunnels needed for the $36 billion Doha Metro project have so far been excavated, it was reported on Tuesday.

Contractors have excavated 18.6km of the tunnels on the huge rail project, which is on track to start operating in late 2019, Doha News reported.

Work is currently underway on four lines the Red Line North, Red Line South, the Green Line and the Gold Line - that make up the first phase of the project, it added.

Officials have announced plans to rename the lines soon.

The Red Line will be called Coast Line, the Green will be called Education Line, the Gold Line will become the Historic Line and the Blue Line will be called the City Line.

Doha News said German firm Herrenknect has delivered all 21 tunnel boring machines to Qatar, and 17 of them are currently working around the clock.

The Doha Metro, part of the overall Qatar Integrated Railway programme, has an estimated total construction value of $36 billion.

Approximately 100 stations are planned along the Doha Metro, including two major stations built at Msheireb and Education City.

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