MAJOR infrastructure and urban development projects worth millions of dinars were being carried out across the country to meet the needs of a growing population, it was highlighted.
Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf yesterday said that work was ongoing to improve strategic roads networks, sewage systems and public properties.
He was speaking as he released the 2017 annual report for public works at a ceremony held in the ministry’s public works sector headquarters in Hoora.
“Topping the road projects is the first route to the new Northern Town, W-Link, which will serve more than 5,000 residential units and a future population of 90,000 people,” said Mr Khalaf.
“Another main project the ministry is currently developing will see Alba and Nuwaidrat roads turned into an interchange project with the area witnessing growing commercial and investment activity besides existing industrial establishments.
“The ministry has also completed the first steps of the working phase of the fourth bridge connecting Manama to Muharraq, especially connecting Busaiteen to the North Manama Causeway and Bahrain Bay.
“The project is an extension to the 7.8km long North Muharraq Highway project, which includes the 4.2km long Muharraq ring road and also the fourth bridge extension in the part between Saya project entrance and North Manama Causeway interchange stretching 3.6km.”
The report stated that the transfer of rainwater drainage connections has been completed, along with an extending sewerage connections along the seafront in the Seef District and other projects.
“Two thousand rainwater cluster locations were mapped and work on 840 was carried out with the rest planned for a later stage,” added Mr Khalaf.
“We also carried out maintenance on 21 government schools ensuring the safety of the structures, improving the internal environment and life span.
“Air conditioning was also installed at the Manama Central Market’s fruit and vegetables section, the National Action Charter Monument in Sakhir, and maintenance on the Budaiya Jetty.”
Strategic projects director Shaikh Meshaal bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, meanwhile, revealed several new projects which were in the design stage.
“We have a new Long Stay Medical Centre at a cost of BD13.9m planned for Muharraq, a new BD63m exhibitions and convention centre in Sakhir, and a BD165m 100,000 spectators sports city in Sakhir,” he said.
“Along with BD3.1m area control centre for air traffic, and the new BD35m engineering college at Bahrain University.
“Other projects include the new BD8m Transportation and Telecommunication Ministry headquarters, while (the cost of) relocating the Riffa Clock Tower and building a new maternity hospital in Muharraq have yet to be determined.”
Works Affairs Under-Secretary Ahmed Al Khayat also said that 78 tenders worth BD31m were awarded last year in all infrastructure fields, with work expected to commence on schedule.