Baku metro to examine initial versions of development project
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 2 / Trend , E.Ismayilov/
By the end of September, a consortium of foreign companies will present the initial projects of the 20-year state program for the development of the Baku Metro, a source from the metro said. Over 40 new metro stations are planned to be opened according to the program.
"The work developing the initial projects is continuing and it is planned that foreign companies will submit at least four versions of the first draft by late September," said the source.
The consortium of foreign companies include French SYSTRA SA, Czech - MOTT McDonalds and South Korean SAMAN. The leading role in this consortium was given to the French company.
The source said that when the initial versions of the first draft have been submitted, they will be sent to all relevant agencies for approval.
As part of the metro development program, a transport model of the city, reflecting traffic of passengers in the capital, has already been developed. The materials provided by all authorized institutions on this issue (the State Committee for Statistics, Ministry of Transport and others) have been used to design this model, the source said. In order to study the location of health and education facilities in the city, foreign companies are also working with the Ministry of Health and Education.
Earlier the source said a consortium of foreign companies should complete the project planning and feasibility studies of new transportation lines in the state program within 14 months.
To begin developing the new program ordered by Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, on "Some measures related to the prospective development of the Baku metro", two million manats were allocated from the presidential reserve fund.
The Baku Metro has functioned since 1967 and has a total of 21 stations. By the end of this year, the 22nd station - Aazadlig Avenue - is planned to be launched.
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