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MENAFN - Arab Times - 01/11/2012

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(MENAFN - Arab Times) The Road Engineering Department at the Ministry of Public Works will coordinate with the US Federal Highway Administration in solving the traffic problems in Kuwait, reports Annahar daily quoting Assistant Undersecretary for Road Engineering Affairs Eng Saoud Al-Naqi.

Al-Naqi explained the two parties will conduct studies and consultations which will pave the way to the presentation of solutions and proposals to end Kuwait's traffic problems. He said the international consultants will study the traffic problems in this country and prepare designs for road development projects. He added the US Federal Highway Administration will review results of the studies and the proposed designs.

Asked about the budget for the road development projects from 2010/2011 to 2014/2015, Al-Naqi disclosed the ministry has allocated KD 1,509,938,000 for this purpose. He clarified this budget covers some completed projects, those underway and those slated for implementation in the coming years.
In another development, Al-Dar daily has quoted Kuwait Municipality sources as saying that the ministry is responsible for the delayed relocation of the scrapyard from Amghara to Al-Shaqaya. Sources asserted there is no truth in the allegation made by Commerce and Industry Minister Anas Al-Saleh that the Municipality had caused the delay. Sources pointed out the Municipality has nothing to do with the delay as it has allocated a temporary location in Al-Shaqaya until the completion of the services network.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Public Works is currently preparing relevant documents to award the contract for Sheikh Jaber Bridge project in November, says KUNA.

Minister Dr Fadhel Safar disclosed this to guests who visited him on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha and following his safe return from Saudi Arabia where he performed this year's pilgrimage.
Dr Safar said the ministry has many major projects in its kitty for government agencies and departments. He assured the political intrigues perverting the country do not prevent the ministry and other government agencies from executing projects as specified in the development plan.

He declared the ministry has already floated the tender for Hawalli courts complex, indicating awarding of the contract is ongoing. He also said the ministry will execute various court complex projects at many locations in the country for the Ministry of Justice, while floating the tender for Kuwait airport's second terminal.

He added the ministry will soon upgrade the Second, Third and Fourth Ring Roads, aside from the many intersections linking Jamal Abdul-Nasser Street, and maintenance works will be performed in some roads to reduce traffic jam.

He congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Kuwaitis and expatriates on Eid celebration and prayed the event will signify a watershed toward the right path for Kuwait, in order that love, unity and cooperation can prevail.


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