Dohuk's "Gali Zawita" tunnel project set to alleviate traffic congestion

The "Gali Zawita" tunnel is deemed one of Dohuk Governorate's most strategic projects, offering numerous benefits to citizens and tourists alike. It is expected to play a crucial role in revitalizing the region's tourism sector.
Redir Suleiman, the Deputy Director General of the Directorate of Roads and Construction in Dohuk. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Redir Suleiman, the Deputy Director General of the Directorate of Roads and Construction in Dohuk. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) - Redir Suleiman, the Deputy Director General of the Directorate of Roads and Construction in Dohuk, announced that the "Gali Zawita" tunnel project is expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion, especially during holidays.

In an interview with Kurdistan24, Suleiman confirmed that the tunnel, which will span 750 meters, will operate as a dual carriageway system.

He noted that the project is currently under the jurisdiction of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Construction and Housing, which will soon invite companies to submit tenders for the project’s implementation.

A special committee will review the resumes and portfolios of the bidding companies to select the best candidate for designing and implementing the second phase of the project, Suleiman explained.

Sherzad Qadir, the Director General of Roads and Reconstruction in Dohuk Governorate, confirmed last Thursday that Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has approved the "Gali Zawita" tunnel project, with an estimated cost of around 42 billion dinars.

The "Gali Zawita" tunnel is deemed one of Dohuk Governorate's most strategic projects, offering numerous benefits to citizens and tourists alike. It is expected to play a crucial role in revitalizing the region's tourism sector.

Over the past four years, the ninth cabinet in the Kurdistan Region has implemented more than 971 projects in Dohuk, with an estimated total cost exceeding 1.1 trillion dinars.

According to Dohuk Governor Ali Tatar, these projects primarily focus on essential sectors such as roads, education, electricity, and water.

On June 3, 2024, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani laid the foundation stones for the construction of Aloka and Serhildan parks in Dohuk, with a combined cost of 131 billion dinars.

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Additionally, he inaugurated the Baadari-Etit road project, which will stretch 26 kilometers, at a cost of 135 billion dinars.

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