Baghdad province broke ground last week on the Mahmoudiyah sewage project, one of the largest service projects in the district.
Provincial officials said building the sewage network will cost 138 billion dinars ($115 million).
"The project consists of sewage treatment stations, a rainwater discharge network, and a piping network system that covers the entire Mahmoudiyah district," Baghdad Governor Salah Abdul Razak said at a press briefing.
"The project will greatly improve the provision of major services in the area and will also help provide employment for a large number of workers in the area," he said.
The Iraqi al-Ijiyad Company will execute the project, which is financed by the 2012 Regional Development Plan.
Mohammed al-Rubaie, chairman of the planning and monitoring committee in the Baghdad Provincial Council, told Mawtani that the start of the Mahmoudiyah swage project is timely since the district badly needs it.
"The project was supposed to have started in 2008 but was delayed due to the absence of sufficient financing in recent years due to a shortage of funds," he said. "But now it has started, and will be a major project if the company that was awarded the project succeeds in completing it."
Muhanad al-Ghrairi, member of the Mahmoudiyah district municipal council, shared al-Rubaie's sentiment about the importance of the project. "The present sewage network in the area is worn out, and residents are bearing the brunt of it, especially during the winter time when the rainy season starts," he said.
Al-Ghrairi said a large number of streets in the district flood with water during winter because the sewers are too old and cannot handle the capacity.
"This project is a project we badly needed, and will help a great deal in serving the citizens and easing their hardship," he said.
Al-Ghrairi also urged officials to build a larger number of construction projects in the district to create work opportunities for residents and thereby provide the best services to citizens.
Baghdad province is also preparing to begin construction of a housing project in the Mahmoudiyah district. According to the province's report, the project consists of 84 housing buildings, with schools, health centers, markets, and parks nearby to serve residents.
Mohammad al-Saedi, member of the Iraqi parliament's services committee, said the shortage of funds in recent years has negatively affected the building of important and vital projects in the district.
"The 2012 budget is good and will positively meet citizens' hopes and aspirations for projects. The provincial council has drafted a comprehensive plan to build projects based on their importance to the residents," he told Mawtani.
In September, the provincial council announced that the Ministry of Finance allocated 1.3 trillion dinars ($1 billion) in the 2012 budget for Baghdad province.
"During the next one or two years, Baghdad will witness great progress in the areas of construction and services," al-Saedi said.