Sharjah allocates AED 100 million to road projects

Project to run for the next four years

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By  Eudore Chand Published  January 8, 2005

A project for maintaining the roads in Sharjah is to be initiated by Sharjah Municipality at a cost of AED 100 million. According to municipal officials, the project, expected to run for the next four years, will help to improving the roads network in Sharjah to keep pace with the emirate’s growth and expansion. The Municipality has also kicked off construction of a comprehensive roads and sewerage network in the internal areas of Sharjah City, officials said. The civic body has started the works at Al Falaj and Al Jaza’at areas at a cost of AED 51 million. In addition, projects in Al Abaar and Al Huzana areas have been launched and are expected to finish soon. Ahmed Fikri, director general of Sharjah Municipality, said that the moves are in line with an ongoing strategy to develop and continuously improve all areas of Sharjah City. “The new projects at Al Jaza’at and Al Falaj areas are only one phase of a comprehensive project expected to be launched at a cost of AED 1.24 billion in the next three years. The project is expected to provide services for residential and commercial areas in Sharjah City,” Fikri pointed out. Meanwhile, the civic body will also construct an advanced drainage network, he confirmed. The project being implemented in Al Jaza’at area will be concluded at a cost of AED 29 million, while the project at Al Falaj area will cost AED 22.5 million. “As part of the Al Falaj project, a dual carriageway will be constructed, besides areas for pedestrians and parking lots,” Fikri said, adding that electricity, water, and communication services will be provided. A 17-kilometre-long road will also be constructed as part of the Al Jaza’at area project, he said, noting that both projects — Jaza’at and Al Falaj — are expected to finish in May, 2005. Like many cities in the region, Sharjah requires comprehensive sewerage and roads projects to keep pace with growth. According to municipal officials the plan is expected to conclude in 2007. The project also includes the development of the Sharjah Liquid Treatment Plant. The capacity of the plant will be raised to keep pace with the increasing population of the emirate. More than AED 100 million was also allocated to the project, which is expected to link different residential areas with the treatment plant.

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