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22 projects 'worth millions of dinars' to be scaled down in Bahrain

Municipal projects were deemed “too expensive” by government officials

22 projects 'worth millions of dinars' to be scaled down in Bahrain

A total of 22 municipal projects due to be developed in Bahrain during the next two years have been deemed “too expensive” by government officials and will have to be scaled down due to austerity measures, according to a decision made during the Capital Trustees Board’s weekly meeting.

Board members were told to prioritise the draft projects which include revamping central markets in Manama, Sitra and Jidhafs, constructing public parks in Tubli and Sanad, developing the Water Garden and Ayn Qasari and continuing work on the Sitra Bridge Corniche and the Nabih Saleh Corniche, reported Gulf Daily News.

While rough drafts for all projects in the state had been presented to the Cabinet for inclusion in the 2017-2018 national budget, it is yet unclear which ones would be accepted, said Works, acting under-secretary for municipal affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

The list also included projects that are not under their mandate, said Capital Trustees Authority parks and property director Zuhair Al Dallal.

“Al Mashaal Public Park in Hoora is not a municipal property since last month and it has been transferred to the Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry in a move approved by the Cabinet based on a request by area MP Adel Al Asoomi to build a new youth centre,” he said.

"So board members have to negotiate on having it included in that ministry’s projects list or not. As an official, I can’t deal with 22 projects worth millions of dinars without knowing how much the rough estimates are and what budgets will be allocated for us by the Cabinet."

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