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‘Services held up by different state agencies delay projects’ Approval from several bodies required: MPW

KUWAIT CITY, July 17: Minister of Public Works and Minister of Electricity and Water Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Ibrahim asserted that the delay in the completion of several road projects by the Ministry of Public Works is due to the hold up of various services provided by different state agencies that need to go through the communication red tapes.  Al-Ibrahim explained that transporting services to the project site is not an easy task, as approvals from several bodies are required for carrying out tasks. 
 
During his inspection tour of construction works of Jamal Abdulnasser road and Jahra road, he revealed that majority of the projects have to be carried out in narrow areas, which constitutes a challenge for the Ministry of Public Works in completing those projects. He said slight delay in completing projects is a normal thing as long as the delay does not extend for a very long time.
 
Meanwhile, Al-Ibrahim announced that about 37 percent of the Jamal Abdulnasser road project has been completed, adding that the entire project is expected to be completed by mid-2017. Regarding Jahra road project, he said 60 percent of it has been completed and the whole project is expected to be completed by mid-2016. The minister said both projects will reflect features that will assist in solving the traffic problem in the country to a large extent and developing the road system. 
 
He affirmed that the Ministry of Public Works is exerting all its efforts and capabilities to expedite the completion of these two projects in accordance with the international standards.
Meanwhile, assistant project engineer for the development of Gamal Abdul-Naser Road Alaa Al-Turki disclosed that 37 percent of the project has been completed, affirming works are ongoing day and night to ensure completion within the deadline, reports Al-Qabas daily.
 
Al-Turki said majority of the alternative roads have been opened to complete the remaining constructions whose locations are in conflict with existing structures, some of which have been upgraded and improved. She declared the project is one of the largest in the world in terms of multi-level roads, indicating it will include huge structures and unique networks to eliminate traffic congestion.
 
She revealed two huge mobile forklifts have been in place to mount pieces of the bridges and complete construction of the top roads. She went on to say a complete set of 12 ready-made concrete were molded to cover the sea, pointing out all the required pieces will be fixed by using advanced technology. 
She added the contractor has prepared 8,600 pieces of bridges built and stored in the desert area in Doha. She said about 3,300 employees of various nationalities and fields of expertise are working on the project.
 

 By Fares Al-Abdan

Al-Seyassah Staff

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