Bahrain plans $2.6m bridge revamp work
Manama, October 26, 2012
Work will begin on the BD1 million ($2.6 million) Sitra bridge project aimed at revamping the 112,586 sq m area around the bridge into a public coastline which will include a walkway, play areas and an amateur fishing zone.
Plans for the project have been presented by the Works Ministry to the Manama Municipal Council, which signed off on it. The work on the Sitra Bridge project is expected to begin early next year, said top officials.
It will be carried out in two phases, which will turn the 112,586 sq m area around the bridge into a public coastline and will include a walkway, play areas, an amateur fishing zone and family rest areas in addition to other facilities, said council acting chairman Mohammed Mansoor.
Arrangements have also been made with the Social Development Ministry to construct kiosks for the elderly, disabled and widows, he stated.
"I am happy that the Works Ministry has taken the initiative to turn the place into a local attraction rather than dismantle it as if it didn't exist," remarked Mansoor.
"Allocating BD1 million to turn the place into a proper public coastal area means the government also shares our opinion about the significance of this place. The first phase will include walkways, play areas, amateur fishing zone and family rest areas besides other necessary facilities."
"The needy ranging from the elderly, widows and the disabled will be allowed to open kiosks and that's something we highly appreciate."
The second phase will be carried out by investors and will include restaurants and cafes built on platforms in the water, said the official.
"Under the law, Tubli Bay is a protected zone, so no construction is allowed so restaurants and cafes will be built on platforms in the water," explained Mansoor.
"It is early to speak about this phase because when we tender it out to investors, we will know what ideas will be presented and how they could be utilised," he added.-TradeArabia News Service