Projects stalled in Bahrain due to 'mismanagement'
Manama, March 16, 2014
Hundreds of projects have stalled due to alleged mismangement in Bahrain, a report said.
Councillors in Manama claim their recommendations are repeatedly ignored, meaning the area has missed out on crucial developments such as corniches, walkways, jetties and gardens, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
"We have had almost no projects go through in the four years I've worked here," said Manama Municipal Council public relations and media head Sadiq Al Basri.
"Only two things have come to fruition, a small garden and an arena.
"Hundreds of our projects are currently being delayed by the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry."
He was speaking during a press conference only days after councillors indefinitely suspended their weekly meetings because Municipalities Minister Dr Juma Al Ka'abi repeatedly failed to show up for questioning.
Public services and facilities head Hussan Qarqoor said one of the worst examples was in Nabih Saleh, with 60 per cent of the island unplanned.
"We blame the ministry for the delay of services on the island, because the Works and Housing Ministries can't do their jobs until the Urban Planning Affairs Ministry do theirs," he said.
"Landowners can't build because there are no roads.
"We have been waiting for documents, which they could easily hand over in a half hour, for over a year." - TradeArabia News Service