Transport Ministry, Dartha
"...of course, we'll give regular updates to the Senate as requested...thank you Senator Charvanek...and a good day to you too," and he hung up the phone.
Miro Tumel had just been promoted to Chief Engineer, the immediate subordinate to the Minister, two weeks earlier after his predecessor was removed from his position due to a major disagreement with a powerful Jaridan senator. The identity of this politician was never divulged but he suspected that it was his newfound senatorial backer, Livana Charvanek. Now wasn't the time to contemplate this and rather to put his skills to work on getting the high-speed railway project off the ground.
Up until today, Yhfillain, the more notable face of the Ministry, had been charged almost exclusively on operating the public transport system - the commuter railways of the three major cities, the intercity bus network, and the various riverbus services along the major waterways and along the coast of the Apnex Sea. Now, this body had been ordered to be responsible for the planning and construction of a high-speed line between the capital, Dartha, and the second-largest (and second-most important) city, Peldred to the southeast in the Chetris Province. This was a completely foreign territory for the Ministry. He knew that the Senate wanted quick results to show the masses that they were addressing their concerns.
He adjusted himself in his desk chair and pressed a buzzer on his intercom. "Elvia, can you come in here please?" he asked. She was his secretary, equally attractive and unemotional in her work. "Yes sir," she inquired, getting her pad at the ready to take down his instructions. "I want you to work with Jeran and Ulik in preparing a contract posting for an engineering and design consultant to help us with the high-speed project."
She nodded in acknowledgment. "Both of them already have all the details from me as to what is required of our eventual contractor," he said pausing for a moment. "And one other thing," he began, Elvia was attentive, "Senator Chavarnek and I are supposed to meet every week, can you work with her aide and set it up." Elvia began skimming his calendar as he was saying this. "I'll get on it right away. Anything else sir?" she inquired.
"Not now," he responded. "That will be all." She nodded once more and left the room. After she was out of the office, he picked up his phone and called Almor. "My friend, how are you...and the children...good, good. I am sure you heard the latest over Tlaru Aihrifv Rheilhhu...you have? Then I don't have to go over the entire story with you...is it possible for you to arrange a meeting between me, the Mayor (Maiori) of Peldred, Cildan; and Chetris Governor (Jahærenen) Lakol? Thank you. Call me on my cellphone the moment you have that three-way conversation confirmed...we'll talk again soon, have a good day..."
Hel na Talasagamdæsnen u'na Ekhiel ih'Sivas Dartha
From the Office of the Transportation Minister and the City Council of Dartha
This is an official notice that the Transportation Ministry of the Rihan Republic, in conjunction with the City Council of Dartha, hereby issues tender for interested parties to submit bids to construct the long-awaited Dartha Metropolitan Railway system (to be called the H'sarin). Both the Ministry and the City Council believe this project to be vital to the long-term development and growth of our glorious capital city and the surrounding region which is estimated to have a population of over 4 million within the next decade. Therefore, the Ministry is working as quickly as possible to design this project so that construction can begin as soon as possible. It is intended to have four lines to start, but designs will incorporate the possibility for additional expansion as needed. The budget allotted for the entirety of the project is 13.12 billion Chaks. The City Council has requested that the first line be ready for operation no later than Brax (March) 2021, which means the construction party (or consortium of companies) who is selected by this joint effort must have a record of maintaining firm construction project management and organization. The initial conditions set are the following:
The project must be built using the newly-endorsed Republican Standard track gauge of 7 feet Cooperate with Amosarr, the Republic's established carriage works (who will also be responsible for manufacturing the high-speed trainsets for the Dartha-Peldred line amongst others to built in the future) to test the eventual trainsets in advance of revenue service in conjunction with the public transport operator, Yhfillain. All interested parties must submit their relevant documentation no later than the close of business 31 Khaidev (December) 2018.
As the Rihan Republic begins its rapid emergence onto the world stage, the various state entities have begun developing plans related to meeting projected economic growth margins and estimated overall rise in business opportunities. To this end, the national airline has determined that it is in a prime position to completely rehaul its fleet and to expand its route network as practical. Nevala Galathon, our President, foresees the need for three types of aircraft: a domestic airliner that can carry upwards of 150-160 passengers, a medium-range aircraft that convey upwards of 290, and a number of long-haul aircraft that can carry up to 375 people. The President and her senior staff hereby consider this announcement as a formal call for interested parties to present options. The airline would like to procure at least a percentage of the aircraft on lease and order the remainder to allow it the ability to revitalize service as quickly as possible.
Currently, Havrær maintains an almost-domestic only operation connecting the capital, Dartha, and the Republic's second-most important economic center, Peldred, with various urban agglomerations and areas of connectivity as deemed vital by the Senate. Havrær's initial area of interest for new destinations include other parts of Aurelia, Thalassa, and select destinations in Alharu. Others will be considered if such options are deemed viable on a case-by-case basis. Until Cliperian International Airport officially opens, all flights to/from Dartha will operate out of the older Ludenian Airport. All fights from Peldred will operate out of Suretak International Airport.