KUWAIT CITY, April 1: MP Majed Al-Mutairi has presented a parliamentary query to the Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Essam Al-Marzouk on the ministry’s plan to import water from abroad and the need for taking such a decision.
It must be noted Al-Marzouk in a statement that was issued a few days ago had said the Ministry is currently considering a proposal to import water from outside.
The lawmaker wants to know the reasons for importing water and whether this step will provide a strategic alternative for the country and will if it be safe to take the risks of stopping some water desalination plants due to some factors.
He also wants to know if there was actual coordination with one of the companies working in this field to search for solutions to address the water scarcity and secure the sources of water. He wants to know if there is guarantee of steady flow of water under any circumstance if water is to be imported.
He inquired whether the Ministry of Electricity and Water has looked into experiences of other countries in the area of importing water from abroad and if yes, what are these experiences and whether there is a connection between Kuwait and such countries to get more information about the subject before applying it.
He asked if the Ministry of Electricity and Water has formed a committee to study the issue.
Meanwhile, MP Osama Al-Shaheen has presented two proposals; first on preventing buses and taxis from parking on emergency roads, and the second on the establishment air-conditioned ‘stops’.
On the importance of the first proposal, Al-Shaheen explained that traffic issue is an important element for citizens, residents and visitors since traffic congestion has been a thorny issue and must be solved before Kuwait fulfills its dream of becoming a global financial and investment center.
He added since the buses and taxis ‘wait’ on the side of the streets in many places because they have no designated places, either on the Third Ring Road — the late Abdul Allah Ali Al Mutawa Road and others, he proposed that buses and taxis should be prohibited from parking in emergency lanes.
He also proposed that the Public Authority for Transport should ensure the availability of sufficient private spaces for public buses and taxis.
In the second proposal, Al-Shaheen added since the public transportation buses and taxis and others cause traffic congestion, he proposed that the Public Authority for Transport establish shaded and airconditioned waiting stops for public transport buses, taxis and others in all streets of Kuwait, using solar power and other forms of clean and renewable energy at the expense of transport companies.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff