A sum of 231.280 billion Iraqi dinars ($196 million) has been allocated to build a road serving the local residents and refresh tourism in northeastern Arbil, according to Governor Nawzad Hadi on Sunday.
“The Kori-Shaqlawa-Qandil highway in northeastern Arbil will be opened and paved by a Turkish company and would be financed from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) reconstruction & development ministry’s budget,” Hadi told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
“The current roads are old and would not cope with the development in the Kurdistan regional government. The new road will have two directions and would be 51 kilometers long,” he said, adding works on the project would start within the few next days.
The district of Shaqlawa, 51 km northeast of the Kurdish city of Arbil, is one of the most renowned summer resorts in Iraq.
Arbil, the capital city of the semi-autonomous KRG, lies 360 km north of Baghdad.