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KUWAIT CITY, May 2: The eight sites devoted to establishing workers’ cities in Jahra and Al Ahmadi are now under the custody of the two specialized committees of the Municipal Council. The head of the Municipal Council, Eng Osama Al-Otaibi said the Kuwait Municipality’s approval of 8 workers’ city sites will come up for discussion in the first upcoming main meeting. The Director-General of the Municipality, Eng. Ahmed Al-Manfouhi, stated the technical committee has approved the allocation of 5 sites for the establishment of residential complexes for expatriate workers, each site with an area of 150,000 square meters, within the Ahmadi Governorate in the Shuaiba Port region, in implementation of the Cabinet’s decision.
In another statement, Al-Manfouhi confirmed the approval of allocating three sites for the establishment of housing complexes for expatriate workers, each site with an area of 150,000 square meters, in the Al-Jahra Governorate, west of Al- Hajjaj city, west of Jahra as has been decided by the Cabinet. Al-Manfouhi explained the approval is given on condition the sites are handed over to the State Property Management of the Ministry of Finance to be sold in public auction to the private sector, with the necessity to submit a comprehensive study to be approved by the General Traffic Department and a comprehensive study to assess the environmental and social impact in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Law. He pointed out all sites are subject to the following standards for the following cities, such as the building must be of no more than four floors for residential buildings, and two floors for services and commercial uses.
In other news, the latest annual statistics issued by the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy shows the total number of electrical installations for customers in the housing sectors during 2020 amounted to 3,603, with a total load of 611.38 thousand kilowatts. The report indicated the private residential units topped the number of electrical installations with a total of 2,685, followed by the agricultural units with 255, followed by investment housing with 245, then the government sector with 91 and “industrial” with 74, and commercial 36.
The report indicated private housing also acquires the largest share of the proportional distribution of electrical loads compared to other sectors by 53 percent, followed by the investment sector by 19 percent, then industrial by 9 percent, commercial and governmental by 7 percent each, the agricultural by 4 percent and finally the public institution for residential care 1 percent. In a different direction, the report revealed the number of workers in the ministry reached 23,946, including 22,867 Kuwaitis and 1,079 non-Kuwaitis, an increase of 1,158 for Kuwaiti employees over the year 2019, in which the number of employees reached 22,788 – 21,693 Kuwaitis and 1,095 “non-Kuwaiti”.
By Abdel Nasser Al-Aslami and Muhammad Ghanem Al-Seyassah Staff