Bahrain to construct six new townships

Designs for three of the six have already been completed

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By  Eudore Chand Published  February 5, 2005

Bahrain has announced that it will build six new townships in the central parts of the island kingdom. Plans are in the process of being drawn up, according to officials. They said that the kingdom’s Municipalities and Agriculture Ministry has asked Bahrain’s Central Municipal Council to suggest suitable sites that could be utilised for future community and housing projects. They pointed out that the designs for three of the six proposed townships have already been completed. After consultations, these have been agreed upon with the Bahraini Ministry of Works and Housing. “The first of the townships measures 1.5 km2 and will include 3000 government houses that will be built to the east of Sitra,” according to municipal councillor Sayed Abdulla Al A’ali. The councillor also coordinates between the municipal council and the Municipalities and Agriculture Ministry. There is a 4 km2 area west of Salmabad where 8000 houses will be built. There is another area to the east of Kuwara and Tubli which has been earmarked for development, and for which further details are to be announced. The townships will include all civic services such as post offices, schools and clinics, Al A’ali pointed out. Meanwhile, three other areas — to the north of Tubli and north and south of Salmabad — are still being surveyed, he said. “Most of the areas allocated for the project are privately owned,” he added. However, plans to build 10 000 houses on Fasht Al Adm island are still on hold following a number of complaints. Critics claim the project could harm the environment and damage fishing. They also point out that the proposed development is too far from the mainland. “The 8.5 km2 island was supposed to have 10 000 houses, but complaints from fishermen who depend on marine resources in the area have put the project on hold,” said Al A’ali. Bahrain recently embarked upon a major construction drive with the aim of building the kingdom into a major global attraction, and improving the infrastructure and living conditions for citizens and residents. Major ongoing projects include the government-backed Bahrain Financial Harbour and the Manama-Doha causeway with Qatar. At the same time, the private sector community has been energised into taking up huge multi-billion dollar developments such as Durrat Al Bahrain and Al Areen.

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