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Kazan, 28 August 1997 (RFE/RL) - More than 120 delegates and visitors arrived this morning to a brand new railway station in Kazan. The visitors are attending the Second World Congress of Tatars.

The president of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiev, and other officials opened the railway station yesterday. It has been under construction for five years. The century old building was destroyed in a 1992 fire.

Kazan Metro Construction Started

Construction began today on the Kazan metro.

The metro will connect Kazan's Karavayevo and Gorky districts to the city center. Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev says it will be finished by 2004 if financing is carried out as planned. The Russian and Tatarstan governments are splitting the construction charges. Moscow and Nizhniy Novgorod experts are overseeing the project.

Officials have been preparing for the metro for 20 years.