The Central Municipal Council (CMC) yesterday recommended that the Ministry of Municipality should study the possibility of reviewing the existing building norms and standards to reduce the setbacks of the houses of citizens from three metres to two.
Homes usually have a setback from the property boundary, so that they cannot be placed close together. Setbacks may also allow for public utilities to access the buildings, and for access to utility meters.
The CMC members have been studying this issue for some time to come out with the best solutions to maximise the benefits from the available land plots while abiding by the set urban planning conditions and regulations adopted for the public good.
The council issued another recommendation addressed to the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) to pay more attention to the pedestrian corridors at the different neighbourhoods and forbid misusing them for undesignated purposes.
The CMC accordingly recommended that Ashghal should study the possibility of placing road signs that prohibit vehicles from being parked or kept idling at these places. Further, concrete barriers should be put at both ends of these passageways to block any potential misuse.
The council issued other recommendations to Ashghal regarding avoiding the potential risks of the rain basins on both sides of the highways. These basins should be covered by filling them up with rubble or planting some parts. In addition, Ashghal should maintain co-operation with the Traffic Department regarding the standards of safety and security at the services projects and planting trees on both sides of the highways and main streets across the country.
The CMC Services and Utilities Committee had carried out a visit to Ras Matbakh Aquatic Fisheries Research Center and highly appreciated the efforts. The council recommended that work should be carried out to broaden the street and road leading to the facility, which should adopt a plan to develop the potential of its employees in order to make them capable of managing the operations without the support of external professionals.
At the same regular session held yesterday (Tuesday) morning, the council recommended that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry should study the possibility of adding some new consumer items to the ration for citizens and give them the option to go for alternatives when receiving their allocated rations.