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Algeria : Algeria to invest 6 bln USD to launch tram projects in 14 cities.

On Tuesday, CEO of Algiers Subway Company (EMA) said Algeria is planning to invest over 447 billion DZD (6 billion U.S. dollars) to set up tram services in 14 big cities.

Aomar Hadbi, an official said government has earmarked a financial envelop of over 447 billion DZD in a bid to modernize public transport by introducing trams in several big cities across the country.

The trams will benefit the provinces like Sidi Bel Abbes, Mostaganem, Tlemcen and Bechar (in the west of Algeria), Setif, Annaba, Batna, Beja a, Biskra, Skikda, Tebessa and Ourgla (in the east), and Blida and Djelfa (in the center).

At present, Algiers is the only city in the country which has tram services, as two stretches of the first line are put into service, connecting Bordj El Kifan neighborhood in the eastern outskirts to Les Fusiles in downtown Algiers.

In the meantime, tram projects have already been launched in Constantine province (413 km south of Algiers) and Oran provinces ( 435 km west of the capital).

The government has opted for diversified rail transport in order to ease traffic congestion in the capital and major metropolis.

Algeria inaugurated its first subway line of 9.5 km connecting Hai El Badr neighbourhood in the southeastern outskirts of Algiers to "Grand Post" in downtown Algiers on Oct. 31, 2011.

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