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Algiers gets underground train system

12 October 2011, 10:09

Algiers - The Algerian capital, congested with cars and buses, is finally getting an underground subway system - three decades after the first tunnel was dug.

The single 9.5km line will start operating on Nov 1 - the anniversary of the start of the seven-year-long war of independence with France.

The former colonial ruler will have a big hand in the Algiers Metro, which is to be run by a subsidiary of the Paris Metro.

Djamel Boumhane, a police official involved in the Metro's security, said on Tuesday that 400 police specially trained in France will be on duty for the system.

A Metro entrance has long greeted passersby in the crowded center of Algiers, but the Metro itself was a phantom.

Bureaucracy, then a deadly Islamist insurgency put the project on hold - for three decades.

- AP


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