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The ministerial committee for transport in Makkah province met here on Wednesday to review the progress of a plan to beef up the public transport system in the province, including the cities of Jeddah and Makkah.
Known as the Makkah Metro, the 62 billion Saudi riyal ($16.5 billion) project calls for the construction of a four-line rail network and a call for tenders is due to be launched in January 2013, mayor Osama Al Bar said.
A project rail boom within the transport sector in the Middle East and North Africa is expected to materialise in the next three years as the region allocates more than $250bn worth of investments in various rail projects.
The 67-km Orange line will connect Makkah Road with Obhur, passing through the central part of the city northward. It will have 22 stations besides a branch line to the east along Sari Street, Kutubkhana said. The 24-km Blue line will link King Abdulaziz International Airport to the Old Airport Road with 17 stations. The 17-km Green line will run along Palestine Road with a branch to the Old Airport and end at the Haramain Railway. It will have only seven stations, the official said.
Saudi Arabian authorities have launched a tender process to develop a new metro transit system in the capital Riyadh. In a notice on the Arriyadh Development Authority’s website, “global consortia” were invited to bid to provide infrastructure including rolling stock and telecommunications, as well as tunnelling, civil, mechanical and electrical works.
Attrition in Delhi Metro has been a worry and the former MD, E Sreedharan, often talked about this. Senior and middle level employees work with the best technology in the world, adding value to their CVs, and move on. DMRC has lost engineers at all levels to DLF Metro, Mumbai Metro and Dubai Metro besides others. In fact, its former director (projects), CBK Rao, had quit to join DLF Metro.