The laying of tracks for the Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge rail is expected to commence next month.

But 2 of Lagos's popular bridges may be sacrificed to give way to the rail lines.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, on Monday said this in Lagos when he met with the Steering Committee of the project and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company.

"The 2 bridges that we may likely demolish are Jibowu and Costain to give way to the rail lines. But we are rebuilding them immediately; we are not going to abandon them," Amaechi stated.

"The challenges will be in the cities like Lagos, Abeokuta and Ibadan because we have to pay compensation, look at the water pipes, gas pipes, houses and cables.

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"In Lagos especially, we deal with bridges, electric cables and water pipes and other assets," he added.

The minister also said that CCECC, the company handling the rail project, was consulting with Lagos State Water Corporation, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, among others, to facilitate relocation of water and gas pipelines that were parallel to the railway line.

He added that CCECC would start laying tracks by December in Lagos, noting that parts of the rail lines that would be used for the project would arrive in Nigeria by end of November.

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