Ayman Adly/Staff Reporter
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) should expedite the maintenance works of the streets across Qatar, especially those with cracks and caved-in portions, the Central Municipal Council (CMC) recommended on Tuesday at the regular bi-weekly session.
The CMC had earlier discussed the issue of the caving in and cracking of the asphalt layer on many streets around the country, including some newly paved ones. The matter was raised by CMC member Khalid bin Abdulla al-Ghali, who stressed that the problem should be addressed to avoid more traffic disruption.
The council saw there is a pressing need for tighter control on the companies undertaking such works to ensure the quality of work and the materials used. Accordingly, it was recommended that Ashghal should be prompt to undertake regular maintenance of all roads and exercise more control to ensure that the mix of asphalt is of high quality and complies with the set standards.
The CMC urged that for new roads, services and supplies such as telephone lines, water and electricity supplies should be placed on the sides of the road to avoid breaking the middle of the road if a need arises in future to maintain or upgrade these.
CMC vice-chairman Hamad Lahdan al-Mohannadi suggested that the council should discuss and review the necessary safety and security procedures to be followed by all contractors doing road digging and excavation. He pointed out that it has been recently observed that a considerable number of contractors do not strictly follow the standard safety and security procedures in their works.
Al-Mohannadi further suggested that a practical mechanism should be adopted by Ashghal to monitor the works of such contractors in this area in particular to avoid any related mishaps. All the CMC members supported the initiative and agreed to further discuss the issue in an upcoming session to devise more comprehensive recommendations.
As a follow up of the issue of banning men from working as salespersons at the women clothes shops, especially those for inner wear, the council issue a number of recommendations asking the Minister of Municipality and Environment to refer the issue to the Minister of Economy and Commerce to issue a ban, to save women the involved embarrassment when buying their clothes. The council considered this as a protection of consumer rights and a respect of the local traditions and customs.
On the occasion of the Qatari Family Day on April 15, CMC chairman Mohamed Hammoud al-Shafi expressed the keenness of the council to take part in such an event, stressing the importance of the family and the organisations concerned with family services and protection in the country. He also highly appreciated the positive co-operation of HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi, and his immediate responses to CMC requests and recommendations.
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