Bahrain jetty work stopped
Manama, April 27, 2009
Work on a new temporary jetty for 60 fishermen, whose boats were landlocked by reclamation in Bahrain's Seef district last December has been halted.
The Manama Municipal Council ordered that work be stopped after finding that it was being improperly constructed using building refuse and used tyres.
A complaint has been sent to Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs Minister Dr Juma Al Ka'abi, who is now assessing the situation and work will not re-start until the problems associated with the jetty are solved.
Councillors have asked that the jetty be rebuilt from scratch with all the garbage used for construction cleared.
The jetty, which will be located near the Pearl Roundabout, costs around BD15,000 and the work is being funded by the Manama Municipality and the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife.
Council technical committee chairman and area councillor Hameed Al Basri said that the new jetty was appalling and must be torn down.
'The place looks awful as wooden plates are floating on the water's surface, in addition to other building refuse used for construction scattered here and there,' he said.
'That's not all, as used tyres have also been brought to surround the jetty rather than proper safety buffers and fishermen have told me that they prefer sitting at home rather than having their boats damaged and them being unable to fish.'
Al Basri apologised to the fishermen for the delay, promising that a strong and safe jetty would eventually become a reality.
'I know that the fishermen have been left jobless since December and I have been working hard to have a temporary jetty built for them since,' he said.
'Even when I thought they would resume their work, problems have occurred with the temporary jetty, which I have demanded is built from scratch.
'Dr Al Ka'abi has been informed and he is assessing the situation, with work being halted until the problem is solved.
'It is no use cleaning the sea of floating wooden plates or other building materials used to reclaim the jetty because problems could happen in the future.'
Al Basri said that the issue of compensation for fishermen was yet to be decided, as the council was looking for those responsible for their plight.
'I know that the 60 fishermen are facing difficult times without a source of income. Hopefully things will be set right soon,' he said.
'However, as everyone knows most land is private and we have to wait for the Land Acquisition Law to buy space for the fishermen's permanent use.
The fishermen's boats were landlocked after an unsigned circular, without letterhead, went out warning them to move or face being cut off last November.-TradeArabia News Service