Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity bans dune bash­ing in Bausher

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has banned dune bash­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the Bausher area. It has put up a sign­board stat­ing that the land is its prop­erty, strictly pro­hibit­ing en­try while warn­ing the pub­lic of pos­si­ble pros­e­cu­tion in case of non-com­pli­ance.

The area is pop­u­lar with off road­ers who ‘dune bash’ in their pri­vate ve­hi­cles or with rented quads/bug­gies.

A rent-a-quad op­er­a­tor said, “I have the nec­es­sary per­mits from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to op­er­ate in this area. This de­ci­sion ef­fec­tively sweeps the rug from un­der our feet. We have made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in a fleet of quads and bug­gies of all sizes. We have also rented an of­fice in the area. We hope a com­pro­mise can be worked out.”

In a state­ment, Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity said, “There have been pic­tures go­ing around the so­cial me­dia about a mu­nic­i­pal­ity warn­ing board at a lo­ca­tion in Bausher sands. It pro­hibits tres­pass­ing and hold­ing any ac­tiv­i­ties at that lo­ca­tion.

“The mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­spects the views that have been go­ing around. Firstly, it must be no­ti­fied that the sign was put up to main­tain the as­pects of safety, the guide­lines of which were pre­pared by a team of spe­cial­ists. The set lo­ca­tion is near build­ings that will see ex­pan­sions, in ad­di­tion to a num­ber of ex­ca­va­tion sites. That is why the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has put up the warn­ing sign­board.”

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has also said that the place is also not suit­able for the ac­tiv­i­ties that are be­ing held there due to the na­ture of the area and is a vi­o­la­tion of the safety reg­u­la­tions. “In ad­di­tion, the area sur­round­ing Bausher sand dunes has be­come a res­i­den­tial zone and the ac­tiv­i­ties that are be­ing held there are con­sid­ered to be a source of dis­tur­bance,” it said.

Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has said that it is co­or­di­nat­ing with de­ci­sion mak­ers in or­der to pre­pare an in­vest­ment plan to make the best use of this land that will ben­e­fit the pub­lic, tak­ing into ac­count its lo­ca­tion. “The plan will pre­serve the iden­tity of the dunes by build­ing a nat­u­ral park, in ad­di­tion to devel­op­ing ar­eas for sports ac­tiv­i­ties suit­able for peo­ple of all ages. A num­ber of recre­ational and tourism ac­tiv­i­ties will be added to the area.”

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has said that it is co­or­di­nat­ing with de­ci­sion mak­ers in or­der to pre­pare an in­vest­ment plan to make the best use of this land

(Mus­cat Daily)

The no­tice board put up by Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Bausher dunes

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