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Municipality okays allocation of 353 sites for mobile vans selling various food items

‘Location can be amended with no compensation’

KUWAIT CITY, July 5: Kuwait Municipality has agreed to allocate 353 sites for commercial vehicles (mobile vans) selling various food items, based on requests submitted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The daily quoting a source said the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is the competent authority that supervises the mobile vehicles and its mechanism of work, and “it is responsible for issuing specific regulations for licensing the location of each vehicle, according to the sites approved by Kuwait Municipality”.

He explained the decision of the temporary committee was based on the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s request to temporarily allocate sites for commercial vehicles that conform to the technical specifications and requirements specified under the decision of the Ministry of Commerce in the following locations: Al-Abdali farms, the beginning of Al-Abdali Road to serve the camps, Scrap Yard of Nu’aym and surrounding sites, the Popular Heritage (Mazayen Al- Abil), Kabd farms, Mina Abdullah Road, Al-Wafra to serve the Scrap area, Al-Zour Road and Al-Wafra to serve the camps, Al-Wafra farms, Julai’a to serve the chalets, adding each site covers an area of 5,000 square meters.

He pointed out that the decision included the allocation of temporary sites, locations and areas the Director General of Municipality determines within the sites allotted for national celebrations, festivals and camping sites licensed by the municipality during the permitted activity period, provided that the approvals are completed from the ministries of services in coordination with the agencies that are in charge of the proposed sites.

After the installation and delivery of the sites allocated by the Municipality, Director General of the municipality is authorized to amend, transfer and shift any of the sites if it conflicts with a public project or public interests without any compensation, noting the municipality bears this responsibility.

The source said the Municipality installed and delivered sites: Abdali farms, the beginning of Abdali road, Nu’aym Scrap Yard service, the popular heritage (Mazayen Al- Abil), Kabd farms, the Scrap Yard area, Mina Abdullah and Wafra Road to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on November 11, 2018.

It has also installed and handed over Julai’a Chalet Services site to the Ministry of Commerce on December 25, 2018. He added that a decision was issued by the Municipal Council to approve the request of National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises Development and Care, and approval of sites for mobile vehicles in the following areas: Residential areas under construction until the construction and operation of cooperative societies are completed, public parks and parking lots of all kinds, sports clubs, as well as sites and locations of the Tourism Projects Company.

It also includes locations for government agency celebrations, public benefit societies, federations, and unions provided that relevant authorities agree to submit a request to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to add and locate a site with the approval of the supervisory authority and with the approved sketch stating the dimensions.

The submission will be valid provided that the required location is examined and licensed for parking commercial vehicles, with approval of the extent of suitability by the Urban Planning Department without referring to the Municipal Council, then a decision shall be issued by the Director General of Municipality for each site.

The source reiterated the Municipality does not specify a location for each mobile vehicle separately, noting it is done through a special committee for mobile vehicles approved by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry according to Municipal Council mechanisms, while the mobile vehicle sites are reserved for each license holder through Ministry of Commerce’s electronic systems.

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