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Legislators ‘raise the roof’ on housing shortfall

Poor … incomplete infrastructure dents applications

First Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah speaking during Wednesday’s National Assembly session

KUWAIT CITY, March 6: The National Assembly discussed the Legislative Committee’s report on the Right to Information Bill during its ordinary session Wednesday.

The Assembly decided to return the bill to the committee for revision when the MPs pointed out that some articles are vague and constitutionally flawed. Meanwhile, the Assembly approved in its first reading the proposal to amend the law on importing and selling products at the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition with 45 lawmakers voting in favor.

The Assembly also agreed to postpone the second reading of the bill until the concerned parliamentary committee submits the updated report. Moreover, in response to the request of several MPs, the Assembly allocated two hours of Wednesday’s session to discuss housing issues.

The MPs argued that other countries with lesser land than Kuwait do not suffer from housing problems. They said the successive housing affairs ministers came with new visions which are different from that of their predecessors; hence, the recurring housing problems.

MP Saleh Ashour stressed the need for a 25-year housing plan that succeeding ministers must implement. On the other hand, MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari said if the country allocates interior areas such as Hassawi and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh for laborers and bachelors; while the border cities with unfinished infrastructure are given to citizens, it is a clear manifestation of a major flaw in the housing affairs framework.

He claimed most citizens are reluctant to apply for houses in new areas due to incomplete and poor infrastructure, as well as the lack of services. He pointed out that around 12,000 housing units in Sabah Al-Ahmad Residential City are available but no one is applying for them – a problem exacerbated by the flood crisis.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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