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Work on Qatar Railway project on track
Work is ongoing according to schedule at various sites of the first phase of the Doha Metro Project.
Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), overseeing the construction of Qatar's railway network, announced the completion of 20km of tunnels dug, out of 113km required for the project.
The first phase of the project valued at QR35 billion is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019.
Managing Director of Qatar Rail Engineer Abdulla Abdulaziz al-Subaie told reporters that all of the 21 tunnel boring machines received by Qatar Rail are currently operational.
The machines are an alternative to conventional methods of drilling and blasting tunnels. They work is being done by forming circular tunnels through the rock and installing concrete linings along the drilled sections to reinforce the bored tunnel.
"Tunneling work is progressing well, especially since the machines don't require more than one launch site to excavate under the city streets," al-Subaie said at a news conference to brief local media about the project's progress.
The Doha Metro project includes 4 lines covering the greater Doha area. The tunneling phase of the project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2017.
Al-Subaie expected the first phase of the project to reach a milestone in civil works by the end of the current year.
"We expect to accomplish around 30% of the Metro project [civil works] by the end of the year," he said.
Responding to a question about living conditions of the 18,000 laborers currently working at the project, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Rail Engineer HamadIbrahim al-Bishri said the company adopts the highest standards in the local construction industry for workers welfare, whether for those directly employed by the company or through sub contractors.
"We check that all the accommodation and the food and all the facilities are as per the contractor Qatar Rail, which is the highest standard in Doha," he said.
In central Doha, the metro will run underground, while on the outskirts, the lines will run at a ground or elevated level.
Upon completion of the first phase of the project, the Doha Metro will have 37 stations.
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