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Wed 20 Aug 2008 07:34 AM

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Gov't working hours set to change to ease traffic

Proposals announced to combat growing problem of congestion on roads of Kuwait.

Working hours of all government employees in Kuwait are due to change soon in a bid to tackle the growing rush hour traffic problem in the country.

The new measures, which are expected to be implemented soon after the end of Ramadan, are designed to drastically reducing traffic jams during key times of the day.

Traffic problems in Kuwait have reached alarming levels especially at the start of every academic school year.

Other plans to tackle the issue include a project to build a metro railway system.

According to the head of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Muhammad Al-Roumi, the new scheme will be divided into two stages.

Work timings of ministries located in the vicinity of the First Ring Road in Kuwait City will be from 7am-2pm while all other ministries located away from that area will work from 8am-3pm, reported the Kuwait Times on Wednesday.

A study on the proposal was completed by the CSC in consultation with other government agencies including the Interior and the traffic department.

The Ministry of Education is exempted from the new regulation as they already have different timings as per their schedules.

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