Old Sitra bridge to become biggest corniche
Manama, February 16, 2014
Work on the first phase of turning the old Sitra Bridge into Bahrain's biggest corniche has been completed.
It cost the Works Ministry BD3.362 million ($8.8 million) and was carried out by Al Hassanian Company, which disassembled the old bridges, cleared the infrastructure, developed the area behind Sitra Mall and revamped the Nabih Saleh and Industrial Area junctions, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Work was also completed on a new walkway, street lighting, car park with a capacity of 170 vehicles, inner roads, pavements and road bumps, along with stone barricades along the cornice to stop strong currents from the sea.
The project has now been transferred to the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry to carry out work on new facilities.
It awarded the job to Yousif Hassan Ali and Sons Company, after 14 companies came forwarded during the tender process.
Officials say the company will spruce up the southern part of the corniche at a cost of BD492,000.
Development in northern area will then be auctioned to the highest bidding businessmen, who will establish first-class restaurants and family recreation facilities.
"The next phase will include resting and green areas, besides kiosks to sell refreshments," said area councillor Hussain Qarqoor.
"It will also include a building for security guards, special electricity substation and other needed services like toilets. All of this work, which will be done in the southern part, is expected to be complete by the end of June.
"The northern part will be developed at a later stage through bids that will be open to businessmen, who will be allowed to build first-class restaurants and other family recreational facilities."
Qarqoor, who is also the Manama Municipal Council's services and public utilities committee chairman, said residents have already started working out in the area.
"The place as it is now is good for limited purposes, especially with work on the walkway being complete, as people are already using it for exercise," he added.
"It still lacks basic facilities and we are putting pressure on the ministry to finish the remaining work. "If everything is complete, it would be Bahrain's biggest public corniche and when opened would be a state-of-the-art development." - TradeArabia News Service