Work set to begin this year on long-delayed Baghdad metro

A stalled plan to build an elevated rail system in Baghdad may move forward this year following a decision by the government to allocate funds for the project in its 2022 budget.

A memorandum of understanding for the project was signed with French engineer Alstom in 2017, and two years later it was announced that it would join with Hyundai of South Korea to build the $2.5bn scheme.

A spokesperson for the cabinet secretariat told the Aliqtisad news site that a team of experts from the Transport Ministry was deciding the route for the line, and would present a report to the cabinet within 10 days.

He added that transport ministry officials had met representatives from Alstom and Hyundai last week to discuss preparations for beginning work.

The route would stretch for around 20km and would link the university district of Mustansiriyah in the north of the city with Al-Muthanna airport in the southwest.

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