MMMWR pri­ori­tis­ing work on mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter works

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MUSCAT: Ahmed bin Ab­dul­lah al Shuhi, Min­is­ter of Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Wa­ter Re­sources, said that with the ad­vent of the glo­ri­ous Novem­ber and the Sul­tanate’s cel­e­bra­tion of the 47th Na­tional Day we are hon­oured to ex­tend to His Majesty sin­cere con­grat­u­la­tions on this na­tional oc­ca­sion, pray­ing to the Almighty Al­lah to re­turn this oc­ca­sion and His Majesty is blessed with health and long life.

He added that in line with the de­vel­op­ment plans in the Sul­tanate, the govern­ment’s ap­proach to­wards up­grad­ing and de­vel­op­ing the ser­vices, the Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Wa­ter Re­sources is pri­ori­tis­ing work on the de­vel­op­ment of mu­nic­i­pal and wa­ter work sys­tem in or­der to pro­vide ser­vices of qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency in line with its vi­sion.

The elec­tronic trans­for­ma­tion of the min­istry is a sig­nif­i­cant progress in terms of im­prov­ing and sim­pli­fy­ing the work pro­ce­dures, in which the min­istry has com­pleted var­i­ous stages of com­ple­tion and has com­pleted the op­er­a­tion of a num­ber of projects that have con­trib­uted to the ef­fi­ciency of per­for­mance and en­hance the in­fra­struc­ture of net­works and in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity.

The Min­is­ter of Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Wa­ter Re­sources pointed out that the length of the roads im­ple­mented dur­ing 2017 amounted to about 125 kilo­me­tres, in­clud­ing in­ter­nal roads and in­dus­trial lay­outs and road links to fa­cil­i­tate the cit­i­zens and res­i­dents to move eas­ily.

He stressed that the pro­vi­sion of healthy food and con­sumer pro­tec­tion is one of the pri­or­i­ties and fun­da­men­tals of the min­istry’s work on the health side in or­der to keep abreast of the devel­op­ments and rapid growth in the food in­dus­tries and var­i­ous ve­teri­nary ac­tiv­i­ties.

He added that the reg­u­la­tions and leg­is­la­tions that pro­tect con­sumers from pol­lu­tion, cor­rup­tion or com­mer­cial fraud have been put in place. The Min­is­ter of Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Wa­ter Re­sources pointed out that the min­istry has paid great at­ten­tion to the wa­ter re­sources sec­tor through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of sev­eral de­vel­op­ment projects and tak­ing mea­sures aimed at op­ti­mis­ing the util­i­sa­tion of wa­ter re­sources and the main­te­nance and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Aflaj, springs and drilling wells, for flood pro­tec­tion and ground­wa­ter recharge pur­poses and to pro­vide vil­lages with their wa­ter needs.

He added that the num­ber of Aflaj in the Sul­tanate of dif­fer­ent types to­talled 4,112. The govern­ment has paid par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to main­tain­ing the Aflaj and its sys­tem and keep­ing its chan­nels from col­laps­ing as an ur­ban her­itage, adding that bud­gets have been al­lo­cated to achieve this in ac­cor­dance with the plans and reg­u­la­tions.

Al Shuhi praised the ef­forts of the cit­i­zens in their role in car­ing for and pre­serv­ing the Aflaj as an authen­tic cul­tural her­itage that re­quires co­op­er­a­tion and sol­i­dar­ity in or­der to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity in current and fu­ture flow. — ONA

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