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I DO not know anyone in a public utility company other than the Egyptian cashier whom I give 200 fils every time I leave one of the car parks, and I do not know the name of the company’s president or general manager, and I prefer not to look for their names on the internet so that what I will write will remain devoid of any influence. The public utility company is affiliated to the government and it has been managing car parks, often inside Al-Sour for forty years or more. A friend told me that the company is licensed to carry out many activities but it has distanced itself from those headaches and has concentrated most of its activities in ‘parking’ management.
Based on what I know about the company and what I feel as a citizen, it is also considered as one of the most easy-to-manage government companies and the least profitable from a commercial point of view. It receives vacant lands from state property, contracts with a consulting office to design the building, in one way, awards the contract for building in another way and installs electronic devices, in a third way, and then rests as soon as its management finishes employing the staff of collectors and security men who will undertake the task of managing the parking lot and the administration completely forgets it as we see on the ground.
Car parking management is sweet, easy and free of the headaches that the rest of the state-owned facilities complain of. It is clear that the company’s management did not concern itself with the process of making any improvements to its typical buildings, the most hideous in the capital, which were built perhaps deliberately without any touches of beauty or art but only a hideous box of ugly and often poorly designed followed by a lack of interest in its cleanliness not even sweeping its corridors and stairs, sometimes used as a place to urinate.
Over time, other facilities followed suit such as the fuel stations of the Kuwait National Petroleum Company, most of which cannot be compared to private fuel stations service wise or cleanliness.
Also, none of the senior state officials or MPs, whether those sitting in the opposition or government loyalists who receive their salaries for a whole year for doing nothing other than punching each other, is interested in mediating with the management of this company to hire a collector or a security man, not even an accountant.
This company, like many government companies needs a reprieve to perform its required role in the best way and increase the construction of parking lots as some of the tallest towers in the capital do not have parking place even for one car because they were built before the law changed. The high rise buildings have sprouted all over the place but no parking place for cars. Where is the ‘wretched’ utility company?
We hope the management of this company will exert efforts and increase the number of parking lots since parking in places under the direct heat of the sun which sometimes exceeds 50 degrees Celsius is a tragedy. It also has to build modern and service parking lots of a beautiful nature as we saw in the ministries complex parking lots, for example.
We have no choice but to wish for the company officials to move and care more about the health of people and safety of ‘your car parks’.
By Ahmad alsarraf