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Preliminary studies have already been completed on the project and detailed study will begin later this year.
Dr Abdelgader however declined to give the estimated cost of the project saying that the detailed study was expected to go into the cost of the project also.
DoT was also planning light rail and water transport networks in the capital emirate. Studies for finalising the light train transport network will be launched in 2010 and for water transport network later this year.
The studies will decide how much portion of the metro will be underground. He said launch of metro rail and water projects will be part of the transport master plan for the capital city.
The plan envisages other forms of interventions to regulate the flow of private vehicles on the road and to promote the use of public transport.
Increasing fuel prices, imposing area-wise parking fees and congestion fees, introducing alternate working hours and encouraging measures like car pooling are some of the measures envisaged in the policy.
Emphasising the need for launching metro railway in Abu Dhabi Dr Abdelgader said the growth in the number of vehicles will be at such high levels in the capital city that even a 50-lane road will not be able avoid traffic congestion.