Awqaf’s request for a site to build mosque, parking lot tops agenda

Council member queries about classification of engineering offices

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 18: The Municipal Council was to hold its 13th regular meeting of the second session headed by Abdullah Al-Mahri, Monday, to discuss several items on its agenda, the most important of which is the request of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs for a site to build a mosque and parking lot within Sabahiya Block 1. Other items to be discussed by the Municipal Council at the meeting are:

1. the request of the Ministry of Health for the allocation of a location for Khairan Health Center within Khairan Block 1.
2. the request of the Environment Public Authority for the reallocation of the Qurain waste landfill site within Adan Block 5 in Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate to the Kuwait Municipality, with a modification of the area.
3. the request of the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation for the allocation of an expansion of the rainwater collection tank site within Ardiya for government uses and connecting paths for rainwater drainage.
4. the Ministry of Finance’s request to reallocate the site decided upon by the Municipal Council’s decision taken on May 31, 1999 with an area of 750 square meters and dimensions of 25 x 30 meters in Salmiya for the benefit of the Ministry of Finance permanently instead of its temporary capacity, and to cancel any previous decisions regarding the site.
5. a request from the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy to allocate and install a site for the construction of a secondary transformer station with an area of 12 x 7 meters in Mishref Block 6, station 2
6. a request from the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy to allocate a secondary transfer station site with dimensions of 12.5 x 16.5 meters in Mishref Block 6, Station 5.
7. the complaints submitted by the residents of Dasma Block 5 against Asrar Al-Qabandi Private School for demolishing the school’s fence and opening a large door without the municipality’s permission.
8. the letter sent by some residents of Firdous Block 9 regarding the objection to the proposal to allocate parking in the square in front of private residential homes in Firdous Block 9.
9. the complaint submitted by some residents of South Khaitan Block 1 regarding the transfer of an electricity transformer adjacent to plot 681.
10. the complaint submitted by a group of West Abdullah Al- Mubarak plot holders regarding the entrance to the gas station in West Abdullah Al-Mubarak, Block 6.

Suggestions
The Municipal Council will also discuss members’ suggestions, including the proposal submitted by member Alia Al-Farsi regarding traffic congestion in the Jabriya and Surra areas, and also the proposal submitted by member Nasser Al-Jadaan regarding creating a U-turn on Nasser Al- Mubarak Road, and the proposal submitted by member Dr. Hassan Kamal regarding creating a Uturn in the Rumaithiya residential area. In another development, the Municipal Council member Abdullatif Al-Daei submitted questions to the executive body regarding the classification of engineering offices, referring in the preamble to his letter to Article 72 of the internal regulations to organize the work of the Municipal Council.

Focused
In his questions to the municipality, Al-Daei focused on three basic axes – the classification of engineering offices, the mechanism and conditions for their classification, the department concerned with that, and the categories of offices in the municipality and the features of each category. He asked to be provided with a list of the names of the offices approved by the municipality. He also asked about measuring the performance of offices classified in the municipality, the mechanism for monitoring their work, the requirements for renewing the classification periodically, and the evaluation of workers and engineers for offices registered under the municipality.

Al-Daei inquired about the accreditation and classification of the owner’s representative or the project manager, either an individual or a company in the municipality. The second axis in Al-Daei’s questions focused on the role and obligations of the engineering office in the residential sector and its obligations before the municipality in all stages of construction work in the residential sector, as well as the obligations of the engineering office towards the owner in the residential sector according to the regulations and systems approved in the municipality. He asked the municipality to provide him with a form of supervision undertaking for the residential and investment sector, and asked whether the engineering office was required to approve the contract concluded between the owner and the contractor.

The final part of Al-Daei’s questions focused on the oversight of engineering offices in the residential sector, how to activate it, and the penalties and procedures followed by contracting engineering offices in the event of a violation or defective buildings. He also inquired about the incentive programs for engineering offices, and how to measure their performance in terms of quality and compliance with regulations and laws. Al-Daei requested to be provided with a copy of the regulations and systems that regulate the process of classification, supervision and control of the work of engineering offices in the residential sector of the municipality. He also asked about the approval of the contract concluded between the owner and the engineering office by the municipality, and if there are approved models for those contracts.

By Inass Awadh
Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff

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