DT News: Does the ministry plan to profit or recycle the excavated rainwater?
Ing. Khalaf: Rainwater is usually discharged into the sea and other areas. We had attempted to inject it into the groundwater at a few sites across the Kingdom. But recycling is also only done if strict rules are followed. The Supreme Council for the Environment had environmental reservations about this process because it had concerns about suspected water pollution, therefore the processes were halted and further discussions are ongoing. But, we use it for irrigation purposes.
We have more work and efforts to implement in the area of evacuation and recycling of rainwater. However, we have managed to significantly reduce the negative effects of this problem on the public by taking the necessary precautionary measures and procedures in advance of the rainy season.
The ministry has offered more tenders to provide tanks and containers to extract excess water from roads and public spaces. We have also upgraded the vacuum tankers and provided them with additional pumps to speed up the water excavation process, in addition to installing pumps in vital areas and roads to move water to areas. open areas and ensure that daily life is not affected. .
DT News: What are the main challenges facing the ministry in tackling the problem of flooding caused by rainwater?
Ing. Khalaf: One of the biggest challenges we face during the rainy season is the uncivil behavior of some people who remove manhole covers and allow rainwater to enter and mix with the sewer system. sewers.
This is serious because such behavior disrupts and damages networks. Rainwater, with all its sediment, damages pumps and other sanitation network equipment. This results in the rebound of sewers inside homes and other facilities. Such cases have been reported recently because the pumps were damaged and unable to move the sewers to the treatment plant. We repeatedly warn the public
dangerous effects of such behavior by raising awareness about it through different platforms.
It should be noted that we have also responded to all requests received by municipal citizens’ councils this year to install rainwater roof coverings to prevent leaks inside homes, especially those belonging to citizens. low and middle income.
DT News: What are the efforts to reduce the increasing traffic jams on the roads of the Kingdom?
Ing. Khalaf: Infrastructure and urban growth are booming in the country. Economic growth and the number of building permits issued are also increasing. Of course, all of these factors increase the pace of transport, which is reflected in the increasing number of vehicles on the roads.
In Bahrain, we have an annual traffic growth of five to seven percent. The ministry is working on the development of a network of strategic roads and a number of major projects are underway. They are mainly financed either by the State budget or by the GCC Marshall Plan.
Current projects are worth around $ 1.2 billion, but they take time to complete. For this reason, as stated by the Crown Prince, the Deputy Supreme Commander and the First
Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the ministry has adopted a plan to implement smaller projects that have a visible impact on reducing the traffic jam problem.
We have started to execute these projects in several stages. The first stage includes 11 projects to open new entrances, exits and intersections. Eight of them were recently completed in the four governorates. This plan has been well received by motorists as it has effectively contributed to reducing traffic congestion.
The second phase of the plan will include 16 projects that will be announced soon.
DT News: While we are talking about traffic jams, what is the progress of the work on the much anticipated fourth bridge connecting Manama and Muharraq?
Ing. Khalaf: This is one of the most important projects currently implemented by the ministry and funded by the GCC Marshall Plan. It is part of the Muharraq Ring Road project and connects the northern parts of the capital, Bahrain Bay and Busaiteen to Diyar Al Muharraq.
We have set a budget of $ 250 million for the project. Tenders have been offered for the reclamation process and it is currently in the evaluation phase. We hope that the tender for the construction process will be offered by the first half of 2018.
State-of-the-art design has been approved by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. The project would be ready by 2020.
The themed evening ‘Yaadein: A Walk Down The Memory Lane’, was a great show in which the pupils of the XI class presented a variety of cultural programs as well as interesting games. The Grade 12 students shared their anecdotes from school time with the juniors and their beloved teachers. It was a nostalgic moment that will be remembered for a lifetime.
The winners will compete for a total prize of Rs 300,000.
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