Mulki: 'New Amman' city will not be a new capital

Jordan

Published: 2017-10-31 18:15

Last Updated: 2017-10-31 18:34


Plans for the 'new Amman city.' (File photo)
Plans for the 'new Amman city.' (File photo)
Roya News Source

Jordanian Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki on Tuesday said that the “New Amman” city will not act as a new capital, but is a “major investment” executed through the model of "build, operate and transfer," Petra News has reported.

The prime minister told a meeting with members of the Islah (reform) parliamentary bloc that the project will be implemented in five phases, extending to 2050, and that the first phase includes the construction of housing units and the marketing of the project at home and abroad.

He said preliminary schemes of the new city will be ready in the next few month to press ahead with the execution of the first phase.

Al-Mulki emphasized that the long-term project will be an "investment gateway" and comes as part of a larger drive to boost self-reliance and development.

Mulki added that the project is expected to be a solution to traffic jams and high population density in many parts of Amman.

This comes after Mulki announced on Sunday that the government has finalized preliminary designs for the establishment of a new Amman City, set to be the new capital for the kingdom.

"We found the solution to address several pressing issues in Amman; we will create a new Amman city. This project will be offered for implementation on the basis to build, operate and transfer next year," Mulki said at a meeting held in the Prime Ministry and attended by several media representatives.