A road roller works on the road of Zet border crossing in Erbil’s Mergasur district, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, November 6,2018. Photo by social media
SULAIMANI – Mergasur District Mayor Ghafur Ahmad said on Monday (March 8) that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers had approved the opening of a new border crossing between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey in Erbil governorate.
Ahmad told a media outlet
affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) that the new border point, named Zet, had been designed on an international standard pattern.
“The road of the border crossing is supposed to be paved in 13 kilometers,” he told the media outlet.
The official also said that the implementation team tasked with the project is seeking a favorable weather condition to start their work and pave the road.
“The opening of the border crossing will have much advantage for the people who travel to Turkey from Erbil,” he added.
The Kurdistan Region has four official border crossings and many unofficial ones with Turkey and Iran.
Ahmad did not reveal how much and how the fund has been allocated for the project as the cash-strapped KRG still do not pay public sector employees on time and full despite teh rise in the global oil prices.
Two of them are located in Sulaimani governorate, one in Erbil and another in Duhok.
Several lawmaker and officials have warned of rife smuggling at the border crossings.