Special panel planned to settle residential disputes in Bahrain

Initiative aims to create alternative civil solutions and streamline procedures as part of boosting community partnership

  

A special committee could be set up to settle residential disputes in neighbourhoods amicably without resorting to courts.

The initiative aims to create alternative civil solutions and streamline procedures as part of boosting community partnership.

The move is being spearheaded by Northern Municipal Council’s technical committee chairman Abdullah Al Qubaisi, saying it will serve the public interest and benefit the nation.

“It (the committee) should include members from key departments under the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry such as the inspection and monitoring department as well as the licensing department along with representatives from the Interior Ministry,” he said during the council’s weekly meeting.

“It must be given the full authority and support to resolve residential disputes as well as make executive decisions.”

Mr Al Qubaisi said the move will help develop conflict resolution mechanisms, boost the implementation of infrastructure and services projects in residential areas and develop follow-up procedures.

He added that the committee will also play a key role in linking the communities with service-providing authorities.

The proposal was unanimously approved by the councillors and will now be referred to the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf for review.

The councillors also approved changing land specifications on 92 properties in Barbar, Karranah, and Hamad Town.

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