Lagos State Government said on Sunday the first phase of its 27-kilometre blue line rail system would be test-run by December next year. ADVERTISING ADVERTISING The first phase of the project covers Mile 2 to Orile-Iganmu. The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, who led nine other members of the state’s Executive Council, disclosed at a press briefing to commemorate the 200 days of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration. The initial cost of the blue line was put at $1.2 billion and it started in 2009 during the Babatunde Fashola’s administration The project was initiated as part of measures to address the perennial road congestion in the state. Omotosho said some international companies have expressed interest in partnering the state government in the project, but failed to mention the true identities of the companies.
He added that eight multi-national construction firms were mobilised to carry out a massive repair on critical highways in what was christened “Operation 116.” The commissioner said: ‘’This was followed by extensive palliative and maintenance works, especially by the Public Works Corporation, which has rehabilitated hundreds of roads and cleared several drainage channels in various parts of the state