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Govt to build Santiago metro lines 3 and 6 (Chile)
Construction of the much debated line 6 of Chilean capital Santiago's Metro system will go ahead, according to President Sebastian Piñera.


The line 6 project, linking the districts of Cerrillos and Vitacura, is in the development phase and the government also plans to build line 3 of the metro, the presidential website reported.


The president expects the two new lines, along with the extension of line 5, to be completed by the end of his term in 2014, newspaper La Tercera reported.


Line 3, which will run through the center of Santiago linking the north and south of the capital, has an estimated cost of US$400mn, the paper said.


Piñera made the remarks at an inspection of part one of the line 5 extension. The new 8.6km stretch consists of seven new stations and is expected to open later this year or early 2011.


Authorities delayed plans to build line 6, which was proposed by the previous administration of Michelle Bachelet and construction of which was originally scheduled to begin in July this year.

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