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Bahrain plans 600 new homes in six months

Officials say the new homes will help address the kingdom's housing shortage.

Bahrain is planning to build 600 homes in just six months to help ease the kingdom’s housing shortage.

Officials told the Gulf Daily News work on the homes for Bahraini families most in need would begin next month.

"The proposal has been approved verbally by the ministry and we are awaiting official approval," Abdulnasser Yousif Al Mahmeed, Muharraq Municipal councillor and head of the houses committee, told the paper.

"Hopefully, if all goes according to the plan, contractors will begin work on the houses by the middle of next month."

Dr Abu Al Fateh said in a statement that approval to pay the private sector to build the new homes should be received in the next two days.

"As soon as the ministry gets an approval, the construction companies will be invited to apply for a contract to begin work on the new houses," he said.

"We have sent an urgent letter to the Royal Charity Organisation about the dangerous cases and how to deal with them, especially due to the limited project budget."

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