A MUNICIPAL prosecution with the power to act decisively on municipal violations has been requested by the Southern Municipal Council.
Problems with resolving the violations by property owners were discussed at the council’s weekly meeting in Riffa.
Last year, the Southern Municipality faced issues with the demolition of properties, including dilapidated buildings.
Some of the owners filed complaints against the municipality’s demolition orders, while others refused to vacate the premises to prevent the demolition crew from doing their jobs.
Southern Council chairman Ahmed Al Ansari said a municipal prosecution with the power to act after a violation is brought to light would be able to deal with these situations more effectively.
“The municipality is seeking to restore the functions of the demolition and removal department, making it easy to follow municipal procedures after the violation is cited,” said Southern Municipality director-general Assem Abdullatif.
“It is the responsibility of the municipality and its staff to remove the violation in the property instead of assigning the task to one of the contractors,” he said.
Mr Al Ansari also pointed out that delayed replies from ministries concerning a violation prolonged the issue needlessly.
“Hence, the offence continues for a very long time. In the meantime, maybe the property owner has died or the property sold, making the application of the law difficult,” he said.
In some cases, the lack of a mailing address or contact number and property owners leaving the country for long periods of time also posed problems with demolishing a property or filing a legal report.