J'lem Light Rail Construction Delayed

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Jerusalem Municipality recently admitted what the city's residents have known for months -- that construction of the light rail systems is moving at a snail's pace.

In a letter to the Finance Minister, the municipality outlined some of the problems behind the excruciatingly slow progress.

"A compilation of data over the last two weeks indicates that the work is being carried out slowly, with multiple delays," the letter read.

"Moreover, it emerges that in entire sections closed off to traffic for the work to be carried out, no work is being carried out at all for long periods of time, and during the time when work is performed, it is carried out slowly and with limited manpower and equipment," the letter stated.

The letter criticized City Pass, the umbrella organization comprised of the various contractors working on the project.

Mayoral candidate Nir Barkat, who last year called for an independent assessment into repeated delays of the project, placed responsibility directly on the mayor's office.

"This is administrative failure and the mayor's direct responsibility," Barkat said.

"It is regrettable that only after the city gets paralyzed does Lupolianski remember to send his assistant to hurry up those carrying out the work," he said.

City Pass also blamed the municipality.

"We were stunned to receive the city's letter, which displays a lack of knowledge regarding the relevant facts," read a statement by the spokesman for City Pass.

"The city has delayed issuing building permits for many long months and is delaying issuing work permits and thereby delaying the work," the statement read.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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