Resourceless Karaj Subway Stalls

Officials in Karaj blame the 15-year delay in the subway’s construction mainly on lack of funds
Resourceless Karaj Subway Stalls
Resourceless Karaj Subway Stalls

The subway project of Karaj, the provincial center of Alborz, has stalled over lack of funds and mismanagement, as progress faltered interminably since its inception in 2006. 
The network was planned to stretch over 100 kilometers throughout the city and link up with the Tehran-Karaj subway. However, only 12 kilometers of the tunnels have been dug and the project has made little progress over the past 15 years, more because of a lack of will among urban officials than inadequate funding.
During a visit to the construction site on Friday, Alborz Governor-General Mojtaba Abdollahi stated that officials are now facing soaring expenditures as a result of prolonged procrastination in the construction project, which has added to its chronic financial problems. 
"Today, each kilometer of subway line costs 12 trillion rials [$42.85 million] to build," he said, adding that such a figure is far above Karaj Municipality's budget and the project requires a steady financial source to continue.


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