On right track

 28 Jan 2018 - 10:30

The Peninsula

Under the wise leadership of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and his vision of “Promise of Prosperity and Glory,” Ashghal is treading on the right path to achieve the target in accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030. Ashghal has managed many of those last year, be it building expressways, setting up state-of-the-art infrastructure and clearing sewage networks, and so on.

For the year, outlining its plans, Ashghal has announced that it would complete infrastructure projects worth QR21.8bn and said it would complete about 90 percent work on main roads leading to the eight stadiums of 2022 FIFA World Cup. A total of QR11.08bn was allocated for establishing highways, QR8.88bn for infrastructure and road and QR1.84bn for sewer pumping stations for speeding up the activities.

The key priority for this year would be to prepare the infrastructure for residential areas to improve the facilities being given to people. Last year, the authorities have carried out the necessary road maintenance work in many residential areas, and also completed projects enhancing traffic safety near schools. A total of around 5,000 pieces of land will be added to the plan to provide necessary infrastructure. 

Ashghal will carry out a total of 19 infrastructure projects in 12 areas during 2018. Those projects will serve 15,108 pieces of land. It would a major step in the right direction as development reaching every nook and corner of the country while gearing up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

As for the road sector, Ashghal has cleared many hurdles that cropped up after the unjust siege that was imposed on Qatar in June. Many projected were inaugurated during the course of the last year such as G Ring Road, in addition to the first phase of Al Rayyan Road and prestigious the Orbital Highway, major parts of the extension of Rawdat Al Khail Street and Lusail Expressway.

The year 2017 also saw the establishment of 14 mosques, three health centres, and 16 schools. There will be a total of nine projects in the health and education field that will be completed in 2018. 

It is commendable that to encourage local construction firms, Ashghal would be offering at least five projects to small construction firms. A total of 47 factories will also be refurbished to boost Qatari industrialists and producers.

Meanwhile, Ashghal and Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide technical support related to infrastructure projects and constructions that QFFD is financing in different countries. This is a major achievement for the Authority and a chance to highlight Qatar’s expertise and achievement abroad. 

It’s clear from all its relentless work that Ashghal is a major contributor to the overall development of the country.