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Clampdown on Bahrain labour camps near homes

Authorities take steps to reduce the number of labourers living in residential areas.

Bahrain authorities are clamping down on the growing number of labour camps in the Muharraq's residential areas, it has been reported.

Homeowners in the area are banned from building extension to their property to house labourers, the Gulf Daily News reported.

Companies are also being told to build new camps for workers outside the area.

Council chairman Mohammed Hamada told the paper that residents had been complaining about labourers living in the area for sometime. They say the workers are noisy, drunk and harass women.

"Sadly, there is still no law to regulate labour camps in residential areas, so we cannot implement something that is not there."

He told the paper a major problem was residents renting out rooms or entire houses to construction firms to house labourers.

"They would rather rent their house to a company than to other residents, which makes the number of labourers increase in the area," said Hamada.

"Usually these houses are in very bad shape and no one would rent them, except for labourers, who would find it cheap."

A proposed law, which is being considered, would only allow landlords to rent properties to expatriate families and professionals, the paper said.

The number of labourers living in the area is set to decrease after a new BD50m township in Hidd opens at the end of this year.

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rapchik 11 years ago

Many localities in Sharjah, namely umm-al-tarafa, rolla etc are infested with buildings which is full of labours. though time to time we have been hearing about municipality saying that labourers (and bachelors) are not permitted to live in residential areas. Why is municipality not doing anything about it. we have complained many times but of no avail. Women are not at all safe with these men loitering around.