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Govt plans to put commercial belts on outskirts of new housing areas

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Project to provide package of services

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 11: There is a government tendency to establish a commercial belt on the outskirts of the new housing cities to establish commercial, recreational and educational activities to provide services to the residents of those cities and implement the concept of an integrated city, reports Al-Qabas daily. The same sources indicated that the plan to establish the commercial belt, which has been completed, will be applied first to the city of Sabah Al-Ahmad, and then to all new cities, including the city of South Sa’ad Al-Abdullah and the residential city of Al-Mutla’a, and other new cities to be developed later.

The sources confirmed that the commercial belt will be planned to allow the establishment of many commercial activities, which the residents of those cities need, such as commercial complexes, shopping centers and private health clinics, in addition to allocating sites for the establishment of educational projects such as private schools and nurseries. This is in addition to allocating places for the establishment of recreational projects, noting the belt will be concerned with providing a package of services that are directly related to the quality of the daily life of the citizen.

Benefits
On a related level, the sources confirmed that the project to establish a commercial belt for new cities would achieve many economic, social and environmental benefits, as a large part of those projects to be established would be allocated to initiators of small and medium enterprises, as a percentage of them will be determined from the total projects.

The sources pointed out that the commercial belt will be fully implemented by the private sector, provided that the government’s role is limited to organizing by identifying places to set up projects and offering land to investors, which would achieve many economic benefits and provide job opportunities for citizens in the private sector as well as increase government revenues by offering land to investors.

The sources indicated that the commercial belt to be built on the borders of the new cities will not be a substitute for the necessary tree belts for cosmetic and environmental reasons, especially as it contributes to the absorption of dust in a large proportion and improves air quality, at a time when various environmental and scientific indicators warn of the deterioration of the oxygen content in Kuwait’s air because of the increased concentration of pollutants caused by emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. The sources reported that the commercial belt of the new cities will have an influential role in solving the current traffic problem, as all requirements and services will be provided to residents of the new cities, reducing their desire to move to other vital areas outside the city.

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