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$3.5bn plan to end Sharjah floods misery

Officials says new improved sewage and drainage system could be in place in 3 years.

$3.5bn plan to end Sharjah floods misery
FLOODS FLASHBACK: Stranded motorists in Sharjah.

A AED13 billion ($3.5bn) strategy to fix drainage systems in Sharjah is being put together in an effort to prevent a repeat of the recent floods which left three people dead.

Officials aim to have the improved sewage and drainage network in place within three years, Salim al Owais, the head of the department of municipalities and agriculture, told UAE daily The National.

In comments published on Sunday, Owais said Sharjah officials “have already made a study on the sanitation problem and would need AED13bn to have all the networks in place that would solve this crucial problem”.

He added that once the action plan has been approved, work will start in co-operation with the Ministry of Public Works.

Sultan al Mualla, the director general of Sharjah Municipality, told the paper the drainage network would be in place in the next three years.

“We have already put on paper the drainage networks plans that awaits approval. The plans have been subdivided into three phases that would include residential areas, industrial areas and the Eastern Region,” he said.

He said priority would be given to the most-affected roads – Emirates and Al Dhaid.

Following heavy rain earlier this month, roads turned to rivers and car parks to lakes. Three men died in two separate incidents in Sharjah when they were electrocuted while standing in floodwater.

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RB 10 years ago

I hope this is true because as with many projects in the UAE, it is most of the time talk and no walk...For example, whatever happened to relocating the Dubai Zoo to a bigger and better location?! The animals there are suffering where they are now! Anyway, I believe if they finally put in a drainage system (non existent at the moment), Sharjah will be a favorable place for many to live in.

Mohamed 10 years ago

Personally I do not things will happen, this is mainly for media consumption. Current small project take ages to finish in Sharjah My observation that small modifications works will reduce the rain & traffic impacts with minor cost and distribution , but it needs the persons in charge to be on the street for analyzing and decision making.