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Kuwait seeks $59m to hire designer for 111km rail network

Public Authority for Roads and Transportation is awaiting the approval of a 'special budget' for the hire

Kuwait's main transport agency has reportedly asked for $59.3m to hire an int'l advisor for the country's rail project [representational image of Haramain rail project].
Kuwait's main transport agency has reportedly asked for $59.3m to hire an int'l advisor for the country's rail project [representational image of Haramain rail project].

The head of Kuwait’s Public Authority for Roads and Transportation has reportedly asked for $59.3m (KD18m) to hire an international advisor for the country’s planned 111km mega rail project.

According to Kuwait Times, Ahmad Al-Hassan, director general of the government authority, said it is waiting for the approval of the “special budget” to hire an international advisor to design the rail project that will connect the country with rest of the Gulf.

The agency has asked for the amount to be made available during the next fiscal year, the news outlet added.

READ: UAE and Saudi Arabia lead GCC rail, metro construction schemes

Al-Hassan also said the authority will start work on the project after approving the budget from Kuwait’s finance ministry, adding it is “removing all obstacles surrounding the project”.

In its reporting, Kuwait Times said Mohammed Al-Zubi, assistant director general for construction organisation and structural planning at the organisation, explained that the extra money is “necessary in order to pay the amounts due for the company working on the design, operation, and maintenance of the traffic monitoring system”.

READ: Metro construction to begin in Kuwait and Bahrain

The news comes two months after separate media reports claimed works would reportedly begin on the 111km railway project, set to connect Kuwait with the rest of the Gulf region.

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