Iraq sets aside $8.5m for Babylon infrastructure
Work to cover restoration in 'some recreational aesthetic places'
Iraq has set aside $8.5m (IQD10bn) to develop infrastructure services to the archeological city of Babylon.
The announcement was made by the governor of Babel province, Mohammed Massoudi.
In a statement to state newswire NINA, Masoudi said, "The amount will cover the restoration work in some recreational aesthetic places, potable water systems, electricity networks and building of recreational facilities on the banks of the Euphrates River, passing through the historical city".
Reconstruction of the historic city began in 1983 under the former Hussein regime. In 2003, plans to construct a cable car line over the ancient city were halted when the second Gulf War commenced. In May 2009, the provincial government of Babil has reopened the site to tourism.