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Qatar-Bahrain Causeway project hit with delays
The $4 billion project aims to facilitate transport between the two states.
June 10, 2010 9:43 by Rasha Reslan
A proposed causeway to link Qatar and Bahrain is facing delays in construction, Zawya.com reported Thursday. The Qatar Bahrain Friendship Bridge, as it is being called, is facing scheduling delays, the report said, based on various cost and design problems that have plagued the project which is jointly funded by the two governments.
In essence, the structure is a giant bridge that will connect the West coast of Qatar with the East coast of Bahrain in order to improve transport and trade between the two states of the GCC. Two years ago, railway lines for freight and passengers were added to the design proposal.
Plans for the causeway’s construction were first announced in 2001, but a series of delays have called into question the 2015 completion date. The project is estimated to cost around $4 billion, to be build by a consortium of German, British, Qatari, and other firms.
Tensions are high between the two GCC states, calling into questions the likelihood that the causeway project will continue as planned. Last month a Bahraini fisherman was shot by Qatar’s coast guard, and Bahrain last month suspended operations of Al Jazeera television channel, after the Qatar owned station aired a program about poverty in Bahrain