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Lack of basic facilities sparks discontent in parts of Doha

Residents of Al Naeem reportedly relying mostly on civic tankers to remove sewage as there are no proper sewage networks

Lack of basic facilities sparks discontent in parts of Doha
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Discontent is brewing north of the Qatari capital Doha as residents claim of a lack of basic facilities and slow implementation of basic infrastructure projects, including sewage and drainage networks, health centres, street lights and commercial markets.

For 20 years, Al Naeem, among the oldest neighbourhoods of Doha, has been relying mostly on civic tankers to remove sewage as there are no proper sewage networks, said Rashid Abdullah Al Nuaimi, a citizen who lives in the area, reports The Peninsula.

“Civic tankers pull into homes and sometimes don’t complete the job. People are forced to use cars to remove sewage. It is high time authorities provided the facility,” he said. During rains, he said, the area is flooded in the absence of proper drainage networks.

Residents also complained about the absence of commercial markets, forcing them to go to neighbouring areas to buy their daily needs, reports local Arabic daily Al Raya.

With no street lighting, and very few lamp-posts many internal roads have no lights and the areas become very dark at night, said another Qatari resident.

While the Supreme Council of Health has completed a health centre, it is yet to open to the public and people are forced to travel long distances for healthcare. Requests have been made to the authorities to open up the centre at the earliest as well as a kindergarten, as most children currently go to expensive private kindergartens and some of them below standard.

He said speed-breakers on many streets do not conform to security and safety standards. “Some are very high and damage cars. Authorities should build uniform speed-breakers,” he added.

Ashghal, the Public Works Authority of Qatar, was not available for comment.

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