Electricity Cut to 415 Properties in Clampdown on Expat Bachelor Residences

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Eng. Saud Al-Dabbous

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22, (Agencies): The municipality has compiled an in-depth report outlining the accomplishments of the committee tasked with monitoring singles’ housing in private and family residential housing areas from January 1 to June 30.

Eng. Saud Al-Dabbous, the Acting Director General of the Municipality, conveyed in a letter addressed to the Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of State for Communications Affairs, Fahd Al-Shoula, that the Municipality monitored a total of 415 properties across all governorates during this period, resulting in the disconnection of electricity. Eng. Al-Dabbous elaborated on this in the report.

Referring to the letter from the Vice President of the Government Performance Monitoring Agency on 10/31/2023 and Article Nine of Ministerial Resolution No. 128 of 2023, dated 4/16/2023, which established a committee to address bachelors’ housing, Eng. Al-Dabbous emphasized that the committee regularly submits reports detailing its work and recommendations for the Minister of State for Municipal Affairs to take appropriate actions. The comprehensive report, submitted to the ministers, highlighted the committee’s achievements, initiated immediately after the issuance of Ministerial Resolution No. 128 of 2023, and outlined the coordination meeting held on 4/26/2023 to standardize procedures for addressing bachelors’ housing in all municipality branches.

The committee, in its full formation, conducted its first meeting on 5/31/2023, followed by subsequent meetings on 7/26/2023 and 10/23/2023. These meetings prioritized on-site achievements and discussions on challenges faced by committee members, solutions, and the accomplishments of field teams.

Eng. Al-Dabbous also detailed the review of the mechanism used to cut off electricity to properties occupied by single individuals in private and model housing areas, along with the obstacles faced by the municipal executive body in carrying out its tasks related to this matter.

During the aforementioned period, the Environment Public Authority issued 23 violations across all governorates, and the Public Authority for Manpower suspended 49 company files due to workers being monitored in these violating housing units.

Eng. Al-Dabbous highlighted that the committee received a total of 580 reports and complaints from all governorates, underlining the widespread impact and concerns related to bachelors’ housing.

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