‘Kuwait suffering from high level of pollution’

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Call to complete water projects

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 15: The parliamentary Housing Affairs Committee on Wednesday discussed the drainage and water supply projects in Saad Al-Abdullah, as well as the housing issue in South Khaitan. Committee Chairman MP Sa’adoun Hammad disclosed that the representatives of the Ministry of Public Works, Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (PART), Ministry of Electricity and Water, and Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) attended the meeting. He said the committee listened to the presentation of the representatives of these institutions, indicating the target completion date for the drainage and water supply projects is September 2027.

However, he pointed out this is unacceptable and urged the representatives to expedite the completion of these projects. He also talked about the infrastructure works, removal of rubbles and construction permits issue in the South Khaitan housing project. He said the beneficiaries of the project include 1,448 Kuwaiti families; confirming that the committee approved his proposal to reduce the price of each plot from KD15,000 to KD4,000 in addition to requiring the beneficiaries to remove the rubbles on their own expense and apply for construction permits.

He added the beneficiaries of the project formed a committee and two of its members went to the National Assembly building on Wednesday, apparently to attend the meeting in order to present their views but they were not allowed to do so as he and another member were the only ones who voted in favor of the beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Environment Affairs Committee MP Hamad Al-Matar revealed the committee recently held its second meeting for this legislative round and the 23rd for the current parliamentary term. He said the committee found out that Kuwait is suffering from high pollution levels, so it will continue discussing the problem with the concerned officials in the upcoming meetings. In 2012, he forwarded queries to the concerned minister in his capacity as committee chairman as he wanted to know the number of citizens diagnosed with cancer in every governorate; but he has not received any response so far. He intends to submit the same queries soon to determine the reason behind the lack of transparency on the part of the government in terms of announcing the actual number of citizens suffering from cancer. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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