The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has earmarked QR18.8bn for 55 new roads and infrastructure projects in new and existing subdivisions for 2019, it was announced at a seminar held in Doha Wednesday. Ashghal president Dr Saad bin Ahmad al-Muhannadi made the announcement before construction industry stakeholders and companies at the authority’s ‘3rd Industry Briefing on Ashghal’s Current and Upcoming Infrastructure Projects in New and Existing Subdivisions’.
During the seminar, Ashghal presented the local roads and drainage projects that will be tendered this year, in addition to projects that are currently under construction.
The event was attended by stakeholders and companies in Qatar's construction industry. Dr al-Muhannadi said Ashghal’s plan for 2019 is based on HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani’s directives, “which emphasise the need to focus on the infrastructure projects in new and existing subdivisions and to complete them on time with the required quality.”
Of the 55 new projects, 32 are residential area projects worth QR15.8bn for over 22,000 plots (10 in tender and 22 to be tendered), according to Roads Projects Department manager, Saoud al-Tamimi. Al-Tamimi added that the remaining projects are 23 Roads Improvement Works (RIWs) worth QR3bn, of which eight are in the tender stage and 15 are to be tendered.
He also said Ashghal has allotted QR9.1bn for 36 subdivisions projects under construction this year, of which 14 are in residential areas serving over 16,000 plots worth QR6.5bn in 10 areas, including south Al Wukair, Al Kharaitiyat, Izghawa, Al Ebb, Leabaib, Al Foroush, North Al Nasiriyah, West Al Mashaf, and Muaither, while 22 are RIW projects with a value of QR2.6bn.
From 2017, Ashghal focused on infrastructure projects in existing and new subdivisions across the country, and delivered 15 projects in 2017 and 2018 in 11 residential areas, including Al Wakra West, Rawdat Al Hamama, Al Mashaf East, and Al Wukair North, in addition to road and drainage projects. The projects implemented in 2018 served about 3,900 subdivisions comprising road works of about 175km and 290km of pedestrian and cycle paths, as well as more than 125km of drainage networks and storm water network with a length of more than 285km.