Doha Metro works make ‘big progress’

Working a significant progress in the construction of the Doha Metro project, 54-59% of the total works on the four lines has been completed, a senior official said yesterday.

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Working a significant progress in the construction of the Doha Metro project, 54-59% of the total works on the four lines has been completed, a senior official said yesterday.

“The first train would start running in the last quarter of 2019, as scheduled,” asserted Markus Demmler, senior director of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP).

Giving a presentation at a gathering hosted by the Qatar Society of Engineers yesterday, he explained that nearly 61.4% of the work is over in the 13.6km underground stretch of the Red Line from Lusail to Wakrah, and 66.5% of the work on the 8.9km Red Line South elevated route is now complete.

The Qatar Rail official exuded confidence that the company would be able to deliver a transport system of world standards for the country’s residents with the final launch of the ambitious project three years from now.

Work on the Lusail Light Rail Transit, comprising 32km of lines and 35 stations, is slightly behind the schedule with 44.8% of the overall work done so far.

“But we are very confident that the work would be ahead of the schedule shortly as it is fast catching up in different areas of the project,” Demmler said.

The current expectation is that Lusail LRT will become operational by 2020, at least two years before the 2022 FIFA World Cup opening and final matches are to be played in the iconic stadium to be built in Lusail city. More info

By R. Mathew  http://www.gulf-times.com/

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