Bahrain to build 500 bus shelters
Manama, October 16, 2011
Work will soon start on a BD2 million ($5.3 million) project to build more than 500 modern bus shelters equipped with kiosks and vending machines across Bahrain within two years.
The first are expected to be up and running by the end of the month after the final paperwork is completed.
Officials hope at least 15 environmentally-friendly bus shelters will be operational by November.
Bahrain Polymers and Steel Factory earlier won the tender to carry out the work in co-ordination with the Transportation Ministry, which will ensure the bus shelters are properly maintained and operated.
The project was discussed during a meeting at the Muharraq Municipality attended by head of municipal services permits engineer Suad Al Rayes.
"Now we are expecting the Transportation Ministry to speed up its process so that the project can go ahead on schedule with the co-operation of all bodies," said company managing director Mohammad Swalheen.
"They include the Works Ministry and Electricity and Water Authority along with other related government authorities."
It is planned that the bus shelters will be ready at a rate of 15 per month and the project will not cost any money because of advertising revenues.
After two years, the company is committed to giving BD27,500 to the government from the revenue it generates.
Transportation Ministry Under-Secretary Shaikh Bader bin Khalifa Al Khalifa stated earlier that there were plans to increase the number of public transport buses on Bahrain's roads.
He also revealed the government's contract with the transport company, Cars, would end next year. – TradeArabia News Service