04 Apr 2018 - 7:59
Ashghal signs contracts to develop Al Wukair South
By Irfan Bukhari / The Peninsula
DOHA: The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) yesterday signed four new construction contracts for the Infrastructure Development Project for Citizens’ Sub-Divisions in Al Wukair South at a total value of QR1.5bn which will serve 3,508 residential plots.
The Project is scheduled to commence this month and is due to be completed by Q2 of 2020. It will provide an integrated infrastructure for the south of Al Wukair, as it includes the construction of 166km of sewage networks, and 310km of storm water and ground water networks.
The project will also provide a total of 172km of internal and external roads, and 27 intersections to connect Al Wukair South with the surrounding main roads.
Infrastructure Development Project for Citizens’ Sub-Divisions in Al Wukair South will serve 3508 residential plots, 17 commercial plots, 16 schools, 32 mosques, 6 government plots and 1 hospital.
It has been divided into four packages: Package one will serve 820 residential plots; package two, 1225 plots; package three, 368; and package four will serve 1095 residential plots respectively.
Works also include providing parking bays, lighting poles and directional signage to enhance traffic safety in the area.
It was announced by Ashghal yesterday in a press conference during which the Authority also reviewed the plan of infrastructure projects currently being implemented, projects to be completed this year, as well as projects that will start in 2018 and 2019.
Briefing the media on infrastructure projects for residential areas, Eng Mooza Al Suwaidi, from Ashghal’s Roads Projects Department, said that projects that were due to be completed during 2018 included projects serving 5,644 land plots in existing areas, 837 land plots in citizens’ sub-divisions, in addition to grading works for about 1,800 plots.
“These projects will provide a total of 351km of drainage networks, 225km of road works and 239km cycle and pedestrian paths.”
According to presentation of Ashghal, infrastructure projects that are currently being implemented in different areas include Bani Hajer, Rawdat Egdaim, Izghawa, Al Froosh, Al Kharaitiyat, North of Al Nasseriya, the Industrial Area, Muaither West and Al Shamal City. Most of these projects are planned to be completed between Q4 of 2018 and Q3 of 2019, and will serve a total of 10,656 land plots.
As for projects that will start in 2018, they include projects serving 15,021 land plots in existing areas and 3,508 land plots in citizens’ sub-divisions in Al Wukair South. These projects will provide a total of 1,507km of drainage networks, 695km of road works and 1,830km of cycle and pedestrian paths.
During the press meeting, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was also signed with Al-Shabhana Environmental Association, in an aim to protect the plant environment in Qatar.
The press meeting was held in the presence of Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al-Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority, Eng. Mohammed Masoud Al-Marri, Infrastructure Affairs Director, Eng. Saoud Ali Al-Tamimi, Roads Projects Department Manager, and a number of managers and officials from Ashghal.
Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al-Muhannadi said that signing the contracts was in line with Ashghal’s projects plan developed at the end of 2017, and said: “Prime Minister and Interior Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, has given directives to add QR1bn to cover a larger number of citizens’ land plots, raising 2018’s total approved budget to QR10bn, which is the biggest budget ever dedicated for serving land plots.”
Ashghal President that by the end of 2024, the number of citizens’ land plots to be served with infrastructure will be 3 times the number of plots served with infrastructure in 2013, which is a clear indication of the government’s care and support to serve the citizens of Qatar.
Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al-Muhannadi, President of Ashghal, signed the new contracts for Infrastructure Development Project for Citizens’ Sub-Divisions in Al-Wukair South, with the representatives of the awarded contractors. The first contract included package one of the project, which was awarded to the joint venture of “UrbaCon Trading & Contracting Co.” and “InfraRoad Trading & Contracting”, at a value of about QR 512 million. This package will serve 820 land plots.
The other three contracts included Package two, three and four of the same project, and they were awarded to “Quality Based Structures International” at a value of over QR 947 million. The three packages will serve 2,688 land plots.
On the sidelines of the press meeting, the Public Works Authority signed MoC with Al Shabhana Environmental Association represented by Mr. Abdullah bin Khalid Al-Khater, Association Co-founder, which aims to contribute to protecting the plants and the Qatari Environment in general.
The areas of cooperation include the conservation of wild trees, including the Qatari National Tree. This will be achieved through the cooperation between the two parties to study the environmental impact of the projects carried out by Ashghal, and to benefit from the experience of Al Shabhana Association in the field of environment and environmental impact assessment of project areas where there are existing wild trees.
About signing the MoC, Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al-Muhannadi, President of Ashghal, said that the authority seeks to activate the role of voluntary associations, especially in the field of environment, and that signing MoC today is an initiative from Ashghal to encourage Al Shabhana Environmental Association and contribute to the protection of plants and the Qatari environment.