Qatar Railways Company highlighted the achievements of the last 12 months and looked forward to the milestones to be delivered next year.
On the Doha Metro, 61km of tunnels have been completed, 37 stations are under construction and the project has more than 27,000 work force on site. Tunnelling for the Lusail light rail system is 100% completed, Qatar Rail Company said in a press release.
Among next year’s more notable milestones will be the completion of all the tunnelling on the Metro and overall project completion hitting 50%. Full scale mock ups of the new Doha Metro train and Lusail Tram will also arrive in the city for the first time.
Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Qatar Rail stressed the role that the company’s values play in the delivery of its objectives: "Accountability, teamwork and transparency are the values that guide Qatar Rail’s consistent growth. A strong work ethic has been the backbone of our transformation with world-class efficiency and effectiveness".
He added: "This year, our company’s second annual all-staff town hall meeting coincides with the day of HH the Emir’s speech at the 44th ordinary session of the Advisory Council, charting a clear vision for comprehensive national development. Qatar Rail is keen to contribute to this national endeavor derived from Qatar's National Vision 2030, ushering in a sustainable business model with economically viable operations and solidifying a customer-centric approach that delivers safe, efficient and reliable services".
Indeed, Qatar Rail’s strategies center on headway progress toward the completion of the Doha Metro, the Lusail Light Rail (LRT) and the Long Distance Rail projects. Anchoring this progress, the Doha Metro works are advancing as scheduled for a first-phase operational launch by 2019 involving three lines - Red, Green and Gold.
Building on the milestones for 2015, ambitious goals set for 2016 will focus on Qatar Rail’s continuous, timely and cost-effective project completion and advancement. Reaffirming its commitment to HH The Emir’s directives on planning, coordination and cost efficiency, resource optimization, accountability and standardization, Qatar Rail has begun implementing a comprehensive 2016 strategic business planning process and balanced scorecard performance reporting system to maximize program management efficiency and corporate performance. Under this process, it has commissioned a ‘Business Efficiency Review’ to evaluate its business plan, performance and delivery model, ensuring optimal ‘value for money’ in its delivery timely, quality and cost effective program of work.
On the shorter term, the Doha Metro is forecast to surpass a 50% completion rate over the next year, with all tunneling completed and all MEP contracts awarded during the same period. Similarly, contracts the Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail Transit Operator and Facility Management are expected to be awarded next year.
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