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Govt invests US$93mn in Caracas metro improvements (Venezuela)
The Venezuelan government has approved a 400mn-bolivar (US$93.1mn) investment for the rehabilitation and maintenance of capital Caracas' metro system, according to the country's transport and communications minister, Francisco Garces.


The works are already underway on the system's lines 1, 2, 3 and 4, according to a report by state news agency AVN.


Over the past few weeks, Caracas' 27-year old subway system has experienced a number of mechanical failures, forcing the interruption of train services. Earlier this month, 33 people were arrested during protests over the irregular service.


President Hugo Chavez said the government was mistaken to invest in new metro lines without performing adequate maintenance on the existing ones, according to local press reports.

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