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Million dinar projects on way in Bahrain

Projects worth millions of dinars are on their way across Bahrain in the coming year, including plans to improve housing, health, education, infrastructure, tourist and family facilities, the country’s five municipal councils announced.

Each council has already prepared a list of projects it plans to implement before next June and has already met ministers during the summer to finalise the new plans.

They will now meet individually to draw up a timeframe and select the best locations for the projects.

Southern Municipal Council chairman Mohsin Al Bekri said it was targeting 40 projects and had already secured finances for many of them.

‘We have numerous projects lined up, but our utmost priority is having a new central market in Askar and we have already reached an agreement with Ahmed Mansoor Al A’ali to buy part of his factory for that purpose and work will also begin soon on the new Hunninyah Valley Traditional Market after private land has been acquired,’ he said.

‘That’s two out of around 40 projects and we are planning to build new public parks, walkways and gardens that will be handled by the Southern Parks Friends, which will be formed from groups of volunteers within each area to take care of and protect municipal property.

‘The ongoing cattle yards problem will be solved as they get moved from all across the country to Hafeera within nine months.’

The council will hold its general-secretariat meeting on Wednesday to draw up a schedule of issues for debate ahead of its first full meeting on September 11.

Northern Municipal Council chairman Ali Al Jabal said that the Northern Governorate was also anxious to get several key projects underway in line with its increase in population.

‘We have the highest population among the five governorates and despite residential expansion we still don’t have proper infrastructure facilities ranging from roads and sewerage,’ he said.

‘The governorate has around 40 villages and towns, which are mostly underprivileged and we have already given the government bodies concerned our list of demands and we only need to push to have them carried out and we have promises that this will be done.’

The council will hold its general-secretariat meeting today to draw up a schedule of issues for debate ahead of its first full meeting on September 9.

Muharraq Municipal Council chairman Abdulnasser Al Mahmeed said colleagues would continue to work to the plan to create a ‘downtown’ area in the city.

‘We want Muharraq to take its rightful place amongst governorates and since it is the first place that visitors come across when they leave Bahrain International Airport, it affects people’s first impression of Bahrain,’ he said.

‘At the moment, the view is not that good and this has to be changed. We are working hard to attract government offices to Muharraq and even investment with businessmen showing interest in building theme parks and other attractions for families.’

The council will hold its full meeting on Wednesday.

Manama Municipal Council vice-chairman Mohammed Mansoor said colleagues worked throughout the summer recess to ensure there would be no delay in its plans.

‘We had weekly general-secretariat meetings every Wednesday to push through public demands and grievances to ensure that they don’t get delayed and at the same time allow time to work on community projects demanded,’ he said.

‘There are plans for beautiful green neighbourhoods that have good car parks and look pleasant and those will be mainly our work during the upcoming nine months.’

The council will hold its full meeting on Wednesday.

Central Municipal Council chairman Abdulrazzak Al Hattab said it also had several projects in the pipeline that had suffered years of delays, despite a budget being in place.

‘We have received assurances from the ministers concerned that work on our proposed projects will be carried out by the end of the year whether infrastructure, housing, education or municipal and that our new modifications have been taken into account,’ he said.

‘Our biggest project is to have our headquarters built in Isa Town after years of moving around rented buildings, especially with an increase to our community role and visitation.’

The council will hold its general-secretariat meeting on Wednesday to draw up a schedule of issues for debate for its first full meeting on September 11.

– TradeArabia News Service, September 02, 2012

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