Bahrain varsity campus project moved
Manama, March 28, 2011
A new plot of land has been earmarked for a university project in A'ali to replace an earlier location that had been rejected by residents.
The previous location of Delmon University project had sparked a petition signed by more than 160 residents.
They had urged the Central Municipal Council to intervene and relocate the university away from their homes.
The residents argued that the university's location, set to be on a side road, would cause chaos in the area and destroy the peace.
They also said the area was already a host to many educational institutes, which means there is lack of parking to accommodate the new university.
However, councillors had recently approved a land to replace the old location.
Central Municipal Council vice-chairman Adel Al Sitri said that it would be located near the Philippines School after it was approved by Municipal and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry.
'This means work on the project will be allowed to start in the new location as soon as building permits are approved,' he said.
'The university will finally be allowed to open without affecting residents in the area.'
The new campus will replace the university's current campus in Exhibition Road.
It will have an academic building consisting of three levels, with parking spaces.
Work on the project is estimated to take around a year-and-a-half, covering an area of around 30,000 square feet.
'The new location has an exit and entrance route to allow for smooth traffic in the area,' said Al Sitri.
'The residents earlier were concerned about lack of parking, but this new location can solve this problem.'
The area already has the Philippines School and the Bangladesh School, two buildings for the Al Falah School, a maternity hospital and a Social Development Ministry social centre.
Al Stiri said that work could start within a month or two if all permits were approved.-TradeArabia News Service