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Kuwait working on ‘re-paving’ roads with asphalt of higher solidity, quality

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait is cooperating with the internationally- renowned Transportation Research Laboratory (TRL) to re-pave the roads with asphalt of higher solidity and quality, a ranking official indicated on Thursday.

Abdulmohsen Al-Enezi, official spokesman of the Ministry of Public Works, said in a statement to KUNA competent authorities had already obtained some samples of an enhanced mixture of asphalt, testing them on the Sixth Ring Road. He also indicated that the enhanced blend is of better quality and thickness.

The tests have been ongoing since Oct 10, 2015, at several spots. Experts are examining the applied samples to determine impact to heavy weight and high temperature, among others. He also indicated that efforts are ongoing for further tests ahead of repairing and re-paving all roads and highways. On Wednesday, Minister of Public Works Ali Al-Omair vowed to punish those responsible for defective roads and recurring accidents caused by flying pebbles.

Minister Al-Omair, during a parliamentary session, affirmed that his ministry is following up with concern on recurrence of such accidents, emphasizing that any civil servant or official who has not done his job properly in this respect will be punished. Loose pebbles once flung by tires of speeding vehicles hit and damage cars’ wind screens and may cause other forms of harm to vehicles, or people, on the roads.

The Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) has submitted a proposal to State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and acting Minister of Electricity and Water Sheikh Mohammad Al- Abdullah on the demolition of the Friday Market and its transformation into an exhibition venue to showcase the products of Kuwaiti youths, reports Al-Rai daily.

MGRP Secretary General Fawzi Al-Majdali explained the proposal is part of efforts to support Kuwaiti youths and encourage them to put up their own business. He said this is regarded as one of the basic steps that the country is focusing on in its bid to find alternative sources of national income. He pointed out this will also contribute to efforts to redistribute national manpower and urge them to work in non-government sectors.

He added the objective of MGRP is to invest in the Friday Market, which is one of the vital areas where thousands of people purchase commodities at low prices. He asserted the proposal, once approved, will give the youths an opportunity to sell their products under one roof, in addition to eliminating the alleged anomalies in the market. He said that once approval is obtained, Kuwait Municipality will coordinate with an investment company and other concerned authorities to guarantee the successful implementation of the project.

Director of the Animal Health Department in the Public Authority of Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) Dr Abdulrahman Al-Kandari said the decision to ban the import of sheep from Iran is in response to the request of the World Organization for Animal Health, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Kandari disclosed the authority received reports from the World Organization for Animal Health on the discovery of foot and mouth disease in Iran; hence, the indefinite ban on importing sheep from there. He pointed out this is a technical procedure and it is not related to any police issue, asserting many countries like Saudi Arabia had earlier imposed the sheep import ban.

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