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Minister of Transport: Railways will be a profitable company within two months

Economie| 03:03 - 01/08/2022
Baghdad - Mawazine News

Minister of Transport, Nasser Al-Shibli, outlined, today, Monday, the tasks of the ministry's companies, and while

he identified the most prominent obstacles facing them, he explained the main reason for stopping the maritime transport project.  Al-Shibli said,

"The railways were established since the forties of the last century, and

as a result of the passage of time they have been exposed to depreciation and are now dilapidated, but

the ministry was able during this period to restore a number of railways from Baghdad to Mosul and from Baghdad to Basra and make them ready for work."  He added:

"And in the Samawah region, the company is currently working there, in addition to the western region, where a train track is working.

As for the train that crosses the Euphrates side, it was destroyed by ISIS terrorist gangs, and it was agreed with the governorate to work on rehabilitating the bridge and returning it to work.".  He continued,

"We signed with the Italian company a contract to develop new designs starting from the port of Faw to Turkey, where the link will be between the east and the west and between Turkey and the port of Faw, and this will also be through it several branches of roads," noting that

"these plans will be completed at the end of the eighth month.".

With regard to locomotives, the minister said:

"We have Chinese locomotives that have been entered since 2014, and we have old locomotives whose speed has become slow due to being overrun on the roads, whether those abuses were by citizens or by construction near the railways by trespassers."  Al-Shibli added,

"The railway company is very important and is the basis for linking the governorates, although it is the only losing company that we currently have, and

now we have a container contract where we are working to transport containers for oil derivatives from Baiji and Kayara and within a month or two it will be one of the winning companies."  He pointed out that

"the private transport company is responsible for all garages throughout Iraq," adding:

"We have a Mosul garage about to be completed, in addition to the garages of Nasiriyah, Basra and Samawah are also about to be completed."  He explained,

"The private transport company is responsible for all transportation inside Iraq to transport citizens, and

it is one of the profitable companies,

but it needs development, as

we have started working with plans to develop these garages, and all provinces are covered by the issue of garages, including Nineveh, Al-Amarah, Basra, Holy Karbala and Najaf as well."

With regard to the maritime transport sector, Al-Shibli said:

"We have a shipping company, which is a profitable company, but

unfortunately most of our ships have been destroyed, as we have only six ships that are currently carrying out very large tasks in transportation, and

we are currently planning to buy new ships very soon through the amounts available to the Navy, as There was a contract in 2012 that was signed to buy ships, but unfortunately it was not implemented."
And he added:

"We lack transportation for passengers between us and neighboring countries, where we only have commercial transportation, but

we are thinking to start transporting passengers, especially from Basra to Dubai, and

this requires a number of boats called tugboats, and

now we have one of the old yachts that were in the time of the regime.

We will work to restore it, which is the first seed for maritime transport.”  He noted that

"the ministry was unable to implement river transport, knowing that it had completed all garages and had 21 boats in Baghdad,

but all it wanted to open was that the shallow water was an obstacle due to the scarcity of the available water, so this project was stopped."
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