Bahrain scales back 22 municipal projects
Bahrain has scaled back 22 municipal projects due to be completed within 2017-2018 as a result of budget cuts, according to a decision made during the Capital Trustees Board’s weekly meeting.
The projects were deemed “too expensive” by government officials who were told to prioritise draft projects amid austerity measures, Gulf News reported.
These draft projects include revamping central markets in Manama, Sitra and Jidhafs, constructing public parks in Tubli and Sanad, developing the Water Garden and Ayn Qasari, among others.
It is still unclear which projects will be included in Bahrain’s 2017-2018 national budget, though rough drafts for all projects have been presented to the cabinet, according to Constructionweekonline news report.
Capital Trustees Authority parks and property director Zuhair Al Dallal said: “Al Mashaal Public Park in Hoora is not a municipal property since last month and it has been transferred to the Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry in a move approved by the Cabinet based on a request by area MP Adel Al Asoomi to build a new youth centre.”
“So board members have to negotiate on having it included in that ministry’s projects list or not. As an official, I can’t deal with 22 projects worth millions of dinars without knowing how much the rough estimates are and what budgets will be allocated for us by the Cabinet.”