SCP work­ing to de­velop Oman Na­tional Spa­tial Strat­egy

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - The Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning (SCP) is set­ting up a frame­work to find ad­e­quate an­swers on the post-oil chal­lenges in Oman, through the de­vel­op­ment of the Oman Na­tional Spa­tial Strat­egy (ONSS).

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, the ONSS will con­tain a na­tional strat­egy on the de­sired key spa­tial de­vel­op­ments till 2040 with elab­o­rated re­gional strate­gies for all gov­er­norates. It will also in­clude im­ple­men­ta­tion pro­grammes and pro­pos­als for a le­gal plan­ning frame­work, a new plan­ning in­for­ma­tion sys­tem and ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­grammes.

Na­tional Trans­port Sur­vey

As part of ONSS, the Oman Na­tional Trans­port Model (ONTM) will be pre­pared to sup­port the es­tab­lish­ment of an ef­fec­tive trans­port sys­tem to en­able sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try. With the aim to en­sure ac­cu­racy in plan­ning and de­ci­sion mak­ing, the Oman Na­tional Trans­port Sur­vey (ONTS) will be car­ried out from Oc­to­ber till De- cem­ber to gen­er­ate ac­cu­rate data for the trans­port sec­tor. The ONTS is be­ing un­der­taken in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the ROP.

The ONTS in­cludes a range of field sur­veys to be car­ried out in all gov­er­norates of the sul­tanate in­clud­ing in­ter­view­ing com­muters at var­i­ous trans­port ter­mi­nals (bus, air­port, sea­ports, bor­ders cross­ings), peo­ple at their homes, busi­nesses, in their cars, in taxis or on buses.

The in­for­ma­tion gen­er­ated by ONTS will be used to build a math­e­mat­i­cal model of the trans­port net­work. It will also be used to iden­tify and pre­dict trans­port re­quire­ments for the fu­ture and will in­form strate­gic de­ci­sion-mak­ers on where to build new in­fra­struc­ture and where to en­cour­age new forms of pub­lic trans­port.

It will also ad­dress and pro­vide suit­able mea­sures to man­age cur­rent and fu­ture chal­lenges in the coun­try such as a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and econ­omy, road safety is­sues, dom­i­nance of the road sec­tor in the cur­rent trans­port sys­tem and the need for wider travel op­tions. It will also be used to de­fine ap­proaches to re­duc­ing the im­pact of trans­port on en­vi­ron­ment and to de­fine net­work en­hance­ments to cre­ate stronger con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween gov­er­norates and prin­ci­pal ur­ban ar­eas.

To en­sure the ONTS is suc­cess­ful there is a need for a high level of par­tic­i­pa­tion of users of all modes of trans­port, house­holds and busi­nesses in an­swer­ing de­tailed yet sim­ple ques­tions about trans­port use and travel be­hav­iour in the coun­try.

As part of ONSS, Oman Na­tional Trans­port Model will be pre­pared to sup­port es­tab­lish­ment of an ef­fec­tive trans­port sys­tem

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