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The day I decided to quit Jabriya for a ‘quiet’ area

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I lived in Jabriya for the first time in 1976, and after nearly half a century I decided to move to another area.

The colleague and lawyer Bassam Al-Asousi wrote an article in Al-Qabas, its publication coincided with what was in my mind at the moment, and its topic related to what residential areas are facing, and how residential areas such as Al-Adailiya, Al-Shamiya, Al-Rawda, Al-Khaldiya and others have been transformed into commercial areas, in violation of all norms and purposes.

The chaos and transgression of the law, and the failure of government agencies including the Municipality, governorates and mayors to assume their responsibilities and duties in implementing the law made it natural for the people of some of these areas to defend their rights and interests, and to appeal to the relevant officials to intervene and put an end to the transgression on their areas.

The residential area became a mixture of partisan and political religious associations that tampered with the ideas and minds of young people, public benefit associations, charity committees, law offices, engineering consultancies, nurseries, medical clinics, embassies and consulates, and many others, which made them unsafe for the residents and their children, which have given rise to traffic chaos and overcrowding in the general sense of the word.

Add to the above, the scarcity of parking spaces, the constant noise and the increase in the value of residential lands in these areas, in addition to putting pressure on the infrastructure such as electricity, water, sewage and others originally designated for a residential area.

The colleague applauded the initiative taken by the People’s Voluntary Committee in Adailiya and demanded that it be generalized to all private residential areas, after the people’s despair over the failure of the mayors and the governors of these residential areas, and their inability to do anything after they turned, according to the colleague, to mere occupants of social positions.

The colleague also demanded that these abuses be transferred to the judiciary in order to defend the law first and to protect the rights and interests of the residents of these areas so that the activities do not become a replica of what happened to Jabriya and Salwa, for example, as they are the most prominent evidence of the government’s failure to maintain the model building and housing systems.

We add to what our colleague Al-Asousi said that there is a loophole in the building law that allows the citizen to build residential apartments in the form of an entire building on a plot of land originally designated for the construction of a residential villa, on the pretext that it is for his residence and the families of his children.

In order to prevent him from renting apartments, he is allowed to install one electricity meter, so he rents the apartments while exempting the tenants from the expenses of water and electricity, therefore consumption in these apartments rose to very high levels.

The construction of these apartments also extended to include expensive areas such as Abdullah Al-Salem and Al-Nuzha and others due to high returns.

For reasons that are too long to explain, I decided to leave Jabriya after half a century, and move to the suburb of Hessah Al-Mubarak as it is already typical for those in my situation.

My advice to retirees, whether the grant of three thousand dinars comes or not, sell your large, expensive and empty homes, and move to live in the “Hessa Al Mubarak” area because of its advantages that are not available in any other residential area.

e-mail: a.alsarraf@alqabas.com.kw

By Ahmad alsarraf