Prime Minister reviews Ashghal projects
06 Oct 2017 - 1:25
Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani yesterday visited the headquarters of Public Works Authority (Ashghal) where he was briefed that 38 infrastructure projects were completed in 2017 and 66 more such projects are expected to complete by the end of the year.
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior directed that the pace of work is accelerated in line with the directives of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and to meet the demands of the current and future phases and implement the state’s national plans regarding infrastructure and comprehensive projects so as to achieve a real legacy for the future generations.
In addition, he directed about the need to conclude work on services and facilities in residential areas and citizens’ lands according to the schedules. He also directed to accelerate the offering of tenders on infrastructure in citizens’ lands and to support and facilitate procedures to encourage and rehabilitate national factories. The Prime Minister reviewed and discussed Ashghal’s achievements in 2017 and the progress made in terms of achieving targets and strategic initiatives. It also reviewed the major projects that are expected to conclude this year and the progress in executing main programs and projects, in addition to reviewing the future plans and projects that will be executed soon.
The Prime Minister and Interior Minister reviewed the working plan of infrastructure projects for citizens’ land regions in light of the high priority that Ashghal gives to accomplishing them in line with the preset schedules.
Ashghal had already handed over more than 1,466 developed plots of land to citizens in the third quarter of 2017 as per the schedule and is expected to finish additional 1,829 developed plots of land before the end of 2017. The Prime Minister and Interior Minister reviewed the ongoing highway projects and the work progress in projects such as the Orbital Highway, Lusail Expressway, project of the southern part of Doha Expressway (Al Wakrah parallel), G-Ring Road, Rawdat Al Khail road extension, Dukhan Highway development, Al Rayyan Highway development (phase 1 and 2). All of these projects have seen a substantial progress and major parts were opened. He also discussed and reviewed projects that will be signed in 2017 such as Al Bustan corridor and the bike and pedestrian path network on highways.
As for other projects that Ashghal is executing, the visit reviewed developments of Barwa-Al Mashaf Road project, which is one of Ashghal’s major projects that links the areas of Al Wakrah, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf to Barwa Commercial Avenue roundabout all the way to Doha and F-Ring Road, which opened in the beginning of May 2017. The visit also reviewed the road development and upgrade projects such as turning roundabouts into signal intersections, notably TV and Sports roundabouts. The Prime Minister praised the achievements of Ashghal in the building projects completed in the first half or 2017 that included schools, kindergartens, the Simulation Centre for Hamad Medical City and the aquaculture research centre in Ras Matbakh.
He was also briefed on the educational sector projects that was implemented before the start of the current 2017-18 academic year, which included nine schools and kindergartens, in addition to four health centers built in Muaither, Al Wajba, Al Jamiaa and Al Waab to be completed before year’s end.
He was briefed on projects that are planned to be completed in 2018, which include Trauma and Emergency building at Hamad General Hospital, the multi-storey parking lot at Hamad Medical City and Al Khor Transfer Station.
He was also presented with the corporate development plans implemented by the authority lead by increasing the number of Qatari personnel and develop and strengthen their skills and capabilities, especially in the design, project management and maintenance sectors.
Ashghal succeeded in the first half of 2017 to achieve the Qatarisation ratios planned since the beginning of the year, in addition to enhancing the capabilities of the Qatar personnel at the authority through training courses and workshops.
The visit also discussed the projects completed by Ashghal and the achievements made in a more comprehensive framework that includes the main strategic goals of the authority in 2018 and performance measurement mechanisms.
The six goals include Qatarisation through increasing the number of Qataris in the authority and develop their skills especially in the field of design, project management and maintenance, and completing all projects within the set timeframe. The strategic goals also include minimising project costs, improving responsiveness and service quality by defining and maintaining service levels, setting solutions to minimize negative impact of rain and implementing the infrastructure for the citizens’ residential divisions of land according to the set timeframe.
Ashghal’s President Dr Eng Saad Al Muhannadi said the attention of the Prime Minister to closely follow up on the development of the projects handled by Ashghal is a huge support and recognition of the importance of these projects whether for the infrastructure services provided to the citizens or the economic and urban development it provides to the country in general.
In 2017, the infrastructure projects will serve more than 15,000 plots of land, 10,221 plots of which will be served by the integrated infrastructure projects, 2,962 plots will be served by the sewage projects, and 1,925 will include land settlement projects.
Al Muhannadi said Ashghal is committed to implement the projects required for holding World Cup 2022 in the scheduled time, which include 117km of highways and main roads, 153km of internal roads confirming 60 percent has already been completed. Al Muhannadi added that the importance and support given to Ashghal and its projects encourages it to complete the mission delegated to it in the best possible way and within the set timeframe. He thanked all the ministries and service entities for its support and cooperation with Ashghal to implement its vital projects. He confirmed Ashghal’s commitment to meet the needs of the current and future phases complying to the directives of the Prime Minister, which entail accelerating the pace of work and to execute all projects be it the infrastructure for citizens or bigger projects implemented by the authority across the country.