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Thursday , March 23 2023

Government heeds HH Amir’s housing guidelines, says PM – CTC informs MPW about initial nod to convert 13 tenders into ‘limited’

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24, (Agencies): His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Thursday affirmed his government is keen on implementing His Highness the Amir’s instructions for tackling housing issues.

His Highness the Premier renewed the pledge in this respect during a reception, at Seif Palace, of Minister of State for Housing and Services Affairs Yasser Hassan Abul, accompanied by number of citizens interested in the housing issue.

His Highness Sheikh Jaber Mubarak reaffirmed his government’s keenness on proceeding with measures to implement His Highness Amir’s desire to improve housing services and overcome obstacles facing mega residential projects.

Execution of new housing ventures is proceeding, covering services and facilities for the citizens, in a manner that would attain their grand aspirations in this regard, His Highness the Prime Minister stressed.

He lauded success of the Public Authority for Housing Welfare in minimizing red tape and procedures for securing residential units for the Kuwaiti families, also praising the lawmakers who dedicate special concern for this issue.

The government is quite aware of the housing issue and its significance concerning the citizens, he said, urging State departments to provide required services and utilities at the new towns, speedily.

Meanwhile, in a move to overcome the “flying gravel” crisis, the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) has informed Ministry of Public Works about its initial approval to convert 13 tenders for maintenance into limited tenders, reports Al-Qabas daily.

According to sources from the ministry, CTC was addressed to adopt this step in order to overcome the problem of delays in signing contracts so that ministry can start maintenance works.

They explained that they are expecting CTC to inform the ministry of its formal and official approval within days, after which the companies will be invited to submit their technical and financial offers within a period of 20 days only. After the expiry of this period, the technical and financial offers presented will be reviewed in preparation for awarding to the lowest bidders. Then, the signing of contracts and commencement of implementation will happen before the rainy season.

The daily, in its recent issue, had criticized the delays in the signing of contracts earmarked to overcome the “flying gravel crisis” because of the snail’s pace in implementation of the regulatory procedures.

It called on the relevant parties to join forces and prevent the recurrence of the crisis especially with the rainy season fast approaching and the ministry’s need for sufficient time to complete its work.