Thursday, November 26, 2009

Belgian company plans tram-project in Erbil


Erbil - A Belgian company is in Iraq's Kurdistan Region capital, Erbil, to discuss plans for the construction of a tram rail-network inside the city, reports the Kurdish version of PUKmedia newswire on Thursday.

"The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Transportation and Communication, Anwar Jabli Shabo, received on Wednesday a delegation from the Belgian company Silcat, specialized in the field of railways, metros and trams," announces Pukmedia.

The delegation is visiting Kurdistan Region to discuss the possibility of constructing a tram-network inside Erbil, to ease traffic congestions on the city's roads and simplify transport of citizens inside the capital, adds the report.

During their meeting, the Belgians showed readiness to implement and advice on rail-projects in Kurdistan Region.

Erbil, with an estimated population of 2 million, is the capital of Kurdistan Region. The fast developing city lies 350 km north of Baghdad and is regarded as the safest and most prosperous area in Iraq.
Other significant rail-projects in Kurdistan Region include the construction of a link between the provincial capitals Sulaimaniyah and Kirkuk, implemented by the federal Iraqi Ministry of Transportation and Communication (Photo:

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