Kuwait to revise metro plans

Kuwait intends to revise plans to build its first metro to reduce the high maintenance costs. The new plan could include fewer areas because of high maintenance costs due to the hot weather in the country, the absence of public transport culture, and the fact that the sandy soil of the desert is not suitable for the rail lines, a Kuwaiti newspaper informed.

The local paper said a master plan for the project prepared by the Communication Ministry two years ago showed it would cost around USD 20 billion and would involve the construction of 61 stations. It said the project, a joint public-private sector venture, was supposed to be launched in 2017 but was put on hold due to weak oil prices.

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