The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) will spend QR18.8 billion on 55 new road and infrastructure projects in 2019. This was announced by Ashghal President Saad bin Ahmad al Muhannadi at the authority’s third industry briefing on upcoming infrastructure projects in Doha in March.

“Ashghal will focus on infrastructure projects in new and existing sub-divisions and to complete them on time with the required quality,” Muhannadi said. “Ashghal has completed 95 percent of its Express Highway project and the next priority will be development of citizens’ plots, existing sub-division, ground water and drainage network. The projects in 2019 will include 125 km of drainage, 175 km of road, 285 km of ground water network and over 1 million square metres of landscaping,” Muhannadi said.

Ashghal is currently implementing 14 projects serving about 16,000 sub-divisions with a budget of QR6.5 billion. Many companies related to the construction industry, contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, consultants and individuals from government and non-government institutions attended the seminar.

Ashghal presented local roads and drainage projects that will be tendered during 2019 and projects that are under construction.

The Ashghal president also referred to the benefits of revisiting the contracts, which emphasised the importance of community outreach to reduce the impact of construction on the daily lives of the public and the surrounding environment and increase public awareness.

Chairman of Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting Company and QBS International Sheikh Ali bin Hamad al Thani said Ashghal’s recognition of outstanding contractors is a good gesture to encourage other contractors to comply with the standards of the authority.

Ashghal has honoured seven companies for their outstanding performance in the area of safety. Five companies were awarded certificates of recognition for their excellence in implementing new contract enhancements.

Technical Office Manager at Ashghal Ahmad Ali al Ansari said 104 companies have already been accredited through Ta’heel initiative, providing 141 certified and locally manufactured products.

Source: Qatar Tribune