Closure threat to Manama restaurants
Manama, January 17, 2011
Restaurants in Manama will soon be given two months to install oil filters or face closure, it was declared.
The move follows complaints from residents of sewage networks flooding and emitting methane gas due to cooking oil being dumped by restaurants.
The Manama Municipal Council yesterday directed the municipality to issue a circular warning all restaurants to install the filters.
This would be according to Works Ministry sanitary requirements that will be carried out within the grace period.
The filter proposal was yesterday presented by council towns and villages development committee chairman Ghazi Al Dossary, whose constituency (Hoora and Gudaibiya) was witnessing most of the flooding and emissions.
Under the approved proposal, the municipality will also have to ensure that new restaurants install filters or else their electricity installation permit be withheld.
'We can't withstand those irresponsible and disastrous acts any more with people's health and safety on the line,' said Al Dossary.
'Drainage holes have got sealed with dried oil accumulating over the years due to continuous dumping by restaurants.
'There is also the difficulty of cleaning up sewage networks of oily residue.
'Workers in restaurants could have easily stored the used oil in tins and put it near dumpsters for the cleaning company to pick up, but unfortunately they don't.
'Instead they release it into the sewerage like water, which it is not.'
Al Dossary said that the council's measures were the only solutions to the problem.
'Restaurants will now have to install filters within two months or face closure and the municipality will circulate the decision so that owners could get themselves in line with new regulations,' he said.
'No new municipal permits will be issued for electricity connections unless filters are installed and are checked by municipal inspectors.
'Hopefully with these measures we will be able to reduce flooding and emissions and possibly end it as soon as possible.'-TradeArabia News Service