Manama, Apr. 4 (BNA): Housing Minister, Bassim bin Yacoob Al-Hamar, has praised His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s directives to address the housing issue in the kingdom, citing the royal order to build 40,000 housing units to the citizens.
The minister also hailed the constant follow-up of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, on the distribution of housing units, stressing the Housing Ministry’s keenness to achieve the housing pledges made by the government in its current Action Plan 2019-2022, through expediting the working process at various projects and coming up with creative solutions to meet the citizens’ needs.
The minister was speaking while paying a visit to the East Sitra Town project, where he was informed about the progress of the project, overseen by the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), affirming the completion of the land reclamation and preparation of the land ahead of the commencement of the infrastructure works and the construction of the units.
He indicated that the accelerated pace of work at housing projects reflects the government’s seriousness in meeting the citizens’ housing demands according to schedule.
The Chinese company briefed the minister on the progress of the project, as well as the safety measures in place.
The representative of the Chinese company, Li Wenrui, gave details about the project, particularly regarding the first phase including the building of 1,077 units, and expected to be completed in 30 months.
The minister expressed thanks to the Chinese company for the tremendous efforts it is exerting to complete the project according to schedule, affirming the Housing Ministry’s full support, and stressing the need to adhere to all health measures, including the precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The 3,000-unit East Sitra Town Project will be implemented in three phases. It will include facilities and services that serve about 20,640 citizens. These include schools, kindergartens and nurseries, public parks, children’s playgrounds, houses of worship, health, social and cultural facilities, a youth club, commercial centres, petrol stations, water treatment station and a centre for visitors’ services, in addition to a 2.6km seafront, sidewalks and 13km bicycle lanes.