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Foundation stone laid for Sulaimani's 100-meter road with work expected to start right away

Major new infrastructure project in governorate
KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (center) participates in a ceremony laying the foundation stone for Sulaimani's 100-meter road (Photo credit: KRG)
2020-07-11

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani participated in a ceremony laying the foundation stone for the new 100-meter road in Sulaimani on Saturday (July 11).

“I think this project will be a big achievement and not only for the beloved people of Sulaimani, but for the whole people of Kurdistan Region,” Barzani said in a speech during the ceremony.

“It is true that this project has been talked about for a long time now and there were many promises that it would be done. In the government’s cabinet, we fulfilled the promise and we were ready to implement it after we held another scientific reading of the project and it was prepared in a better way,” he added.

The 100-meter highway project, which refers to the width of the roadway, was designed in 2011 and preliminary work was well on its way before being paused because of the financial crisis in 2014.

Also in attendance were KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and Sulaimani Governor Haval Abubakr along with cabinet officials and representatives of conglomerate Qaiwan Group, which is the primary contractor for the project.

“This project is one of many important projects that is connected to the prosperity of the people and environment of the governorate,” Abubakr said.

“The projects include the recycling factory in Tanjaro, the project of spreading greenery in Sulaimani and Goizha Mountain, finishing the housing units in Sitak and Zrgwez, and many other development projects,” he added.

According to the design of the project, the road will be 146 kilometers long and completed in three phases. The first phase of the project will stretch from the Tasluja bridge to the Arbat-Sulaimani road, while the second phase will connect the Arbat road to a tunnel through Goizha Mountain, and the third phase will run from behind Goizha Mountain to the Sulaimani-Dukan road.

“The project will be finished in three years and our teams will start working on it starting on Sunday,” said the Executive Producer of Qaiwan Group Sheikh Fakhir Tayeb.

There are frequent complaints from residents and officials in Sulaimani that infrastructure projects in the governorate have been ignored in favor of pouring funding into projects in Erbil, like the new 120-meter road.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 6:51 p.m. EBL