Major new projects for Bahrain's Muharraq

Some projects were behind schedule owing to strict COVID-19 precautionary measures

  

Muharraq is all set for a facelift with massive government projects worth millions of dinars planned over the next two years.

Among them are hi-tech medical facilities, roads and infrastructure around Bahrain International Airport and sewage networks for new residential areas.

The projects were presented by Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry Works’ Affairs Under-Secretary Ahmed Al Khayat during a meeting with the Muharraq Municipal Council.

“We are working with a limited budget due to difficult circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Mr Al Khayat said.

PRIORITY

He admitted that some projects were behind schedule owing to strict Covid-19 precautionary measures.

“Health and safety of workers is a priority,” he said.

“However, work on many projects is progressing. We are resolving issues that contractors may face during on field assignments.”

Mr Al Khayat said tasks and timeframes have been set and projects will be completed.

“We, as a ministry, don’t give promises. Public representatives will be informed once projects are finalised and funding is secured.”

Council chairman Ghazi Al Murbati said development plans had to go ahead even in the current circumstances.

FACILITY

“Contractors have to be ready to tackle any issues with their employees or equipment,” he said.

“We also hope other necessary projects are considered and budgets assigned for them.”

The 11 construction projects are:

• The new BD13.9m special healthcare centre, which is 50pc completed.

• The BD2.8m multiple sclerosis centre, which is 17.4pc complete. The GDN earlier reported that the facility is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022.

• The new BD7.7m Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry’s headquarters, which is 72pc complete.

• The new BD1.47m multi-purpose community hall in Galali, which is 18pc complete.

• The new BD2.4m Bahrain International Airport Air Traffic Control Centre, which is completed.

• The new BD738,921 Galali Club headquarters, which is complete.

• New BD5.9m primary and intermediate school for girls in Galali (in design)

• The new BD3.82m BBK Health Centre in Galali (in design)

• The new BD9.9m maternity hospital (concept stage)

• New academic building at Busaiteen Primary School for Boys at a cost of BD1.258m (tendered)

• New academic building for Asma That Al Netqain Primary Girls School in Hidd at a cost of BD1.269m (tendered)

*The ministry will also carry out maintenance on 10 government buildings in Muharraq, including nine schools this year.

Six buildings including five schools will see maintenance work done next year.

The 13 road projects include:

• The new BD94.5m bridge linking the Capital and Muharraq Governorates

• The third and fourth phases of the airport network expansion, estimated to cost BD19.9m

• The first phase of Rayya Avenue at a cost of BD1.7m

The five sewage projects include:

• The BD1.467m sewage network for Wahat Al Muharraq

• BD75,000 for new drainage links in Dair

• A new sewage network in Galali at a cost of BD404,000

• Sewage connections for the new King Hamad Mosque in Galali at a cost of BD550,000

• Sewer connections for the Detention Centre in Hidd at a cost of BD350,000.

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