DOHA: Work on the first phase of Doha Metro Project is progressing rapidly. Drilling for tunnels and work on 80 percent of stations have begun, a senior official of Qatar Rail told a conference yesterday.
“Work to set up metro stations in 20 out of 25 locations have started,” said Hamad Al Bishri, Deputy CEO and Chief Programme Officer of Qatar Rail.
He said preliminary drilling for tunnels — reaching close to five meters in depth in some locations — are progressing with a remarkable pace. He was speaking during a discussion session on the railway sector on the sidelines of the Qatar International Transport and Logistics Industry Exhibition (Trans4), which ends today.
Ramiz Al Assar, Senior Transport Specialist at World Bank, moderated the session which also included Ian Williams, Transport Senior Manager at Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, and John Lesniewski, Acting Executive Director commercial, Etihad Rail. The participants gave detailed presentations on progress made by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the integrated GCC rail network, including Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT).
About LRT, Al Bishri said construction is moving ahead at great speed with the project slated to be officially delivered by 2016-end. “We have finalised drilling work for LRT tunnels, and have completed over 55 percent of drilling for stations.”
So far Qatar Rail has awarded projects for the construction of first phase of the ambitious metro project.
Al Bishri hoped that the phase will be completed as per schedule by 2019. Providing an overview of Qatar’s current and future projects, he said all projects are in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 which is aimed at the development of a safe, efficient, and integrated public transport network as an alternative and competitor to private transport.
“Our projects are in full integration to connect Qatar’s key areas with each other and with their vital extensions. The Doha Metro will tie together the capital’s inner and outer areas such as Lusail city, the new Hamad International Airport, the Education City, Al Wakrah and the West Bay area.”
On the significance of Trans4, he said it has become “a reference and a platform” for the local and international transport industry. “Trans4 2013 expo and conference will give us a push to a quantum leap in Qatar’s transport sector, and help us keep pace with expectations and aspirations of the Qatari people.”