Crews begin work on unfinished infrastructure projects in Tuz Khurmatu: mayor

Begun over past 15 years and never completed
Tuz Khurmatu roads being renovated by the Iraqi Government. August 19, 2019 (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — As crews began to work on Friday (August 23), a local official in Tuz Khurmatu has praised a renewed push to completed unfinished infrastructure in the area.

Mayor Wisam Abdin said that roads and water systems in the multi-ethnic town were now being repaired according to a plan developed by the municipality.

The federal government, Saladin governorate, and the local municipal authority are jointly managing the project, which will cost an estimated 13 billion Iraqi dinars ($10.9 million) to complete.

He noted that many projects had been started over the past fifteen years, but were never finished due to political strife and instability.

The town lies within the so-called disputed areas, which are claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil. For long periods, it was governed by the Kurdistan Regional Government, but switched to federal government control in 2017 when the Iraqi Army took the town in a military push launched in response to the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum.

(NRT Digital Media)