BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Congress has approved $18.6 billion in taxpayer funds for reconstruction in Iraq. Here is a breakdown of how the money might be spent:
The main spending includes $5 billion for new electricity generation and transmission; $4 billion each for water projects and security; $1 billion for oil sector repairs; and $500,000 for telecommunications.
Some of the higher-impact proposals include:
A new gas turbine electricity generation plant at the northern town of Badoosh, and three others in Baghdad; each costing more than $100 million.
A water treatment and accompanying sewage plant to serve Baghdad's Shiite slum area, Sadr City, which now has neither; cost, $10-20 million each.
A modern sanitary landfill for Baghdad, where the city's municipal waste can be dumped and buried; cost, $20-30 million.
Repairs to the aging Mosul dam on the Tigris River; cost, about $40 million.
12/21/03 15:32 EST
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