More than 61km of tunnels have been completed, with 37 stations currently under construction at the multi-billion dollar Doha Metro project, according to Qatar Railways Company . It said the project has more than 27,000 work force on site, adding that tunnelling for the Lusail light rail system is 100 percent completed.
The company said in a statement that among next year’s milestones will be the completion of all the tunnelling on the Metro and overall project completion hitting 50 percent.
Full scale mock ups of the new Doha Metro train and Lusail Tram will also arrive in the city for the first time, it added.
Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, managing director and chairman of Qatar Rail, said Doha Metro works are advancing as scheduled for a first-phase operational launch by 2019 involving three lines – Red, Green and Gold.
Saad Al Muhannadi, CEO of Qatar Rail, added: “Five years into its journey, Qatar Rail is moving with pace, progress and purpose across all of its mega projects, consistently readapting and reallocating its talents, resources and partnerships within stringent timeline and budget provisions.”
Contracts for the Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail Transit Operator and Facility Management are expected to be awarded next year, the statement said.
The Doha Metro will run through the city of Doha and will consist of four lines in two phases – Red, Green, Gold and Blue.
The new metro system will connect the main areas of Doha, including the Hamad International Airport, the Old City, and newly developing inner city areas such as West Bay and Lusail.