New rules to pro­tect peo­ple from landslides

Times of Oman - - OMAN - Times News Ser­vice

MUSCAT: Cut­ting into moun­tains or dig­ging roads will no longer be al­lowed between sun­set and sun­rise, the Muscat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has an­nounced.

On Fri­days, con­struc­tion work in moun­tain ar­eas is no longer al­lowed un­til mid­day, and on Satur­days it can be car­ried out only af­ter ob­tain­ing prior ap­proval from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, of­fi­cials said. This comes af­ter Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is­sued a de­ci­sion on reg­u­lat­ing the li­cens­ing of moun­tain cut­ting and ex­ca­va­tion work on roads.

“De­ci­sion No. (212/2017) is­sued by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity says the con­struc­tion com­pany should take ad­e­quate pre­cau­tions be­fore any works to pro­tect peo­ple from fall­ing rocks and landslides,” it said on Mon­day. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity also said it is not al­lowed to cut into a moun­tain or carry out dig­ging work on roads without first ob­tain­ing a li­cence from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Pro­vi­sions

The first ar­ti­cle of the de­ci­sion de­fines the mech­a­nism of ob­tain­ing li­cence from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity be­fore start­ing work. The ar­ti­cle also says that the mech­a­nism of ob­tain­ing li­cence for drilling un­der as­phalt roads, will be ac­cord­ing to the lo­ca­tion of the street and the na­ture of the soil and the ser­vice to be ex­tended.

The sec­ond ar­ti­cle states it is not per­mis­si­ble to cut a moun­tain or carry out dig­ging work un­der roads ex­cept af­ter ob­tain­ing a li­cence from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the reg­u­la­tions in this de­ci­sion. The third ar­ti­cle of the de­ci­sion men­tions the nec­es­sary doc­u­ments needed to ob­tain the li­cence in ac­cor­dance with the reg­u­la­tion.

Time limit

The fourth ar­ti­cle spec­i­fies a 30-day time for tak­ing a de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion from the date of its sub­mis­sion. The fifth ar­ti­cle bans cut­ting moun­tains or dig­ging un­der roads between sun­set and sun­rise and from Fri­day to mid­day on Satur­day.

The sixth ar­ti­cle ob­li­gates any­one who has a li­cence to cut the moun­tains or dig un­der the road to de­posit an in­sur­ance amount prior to the com­mence­ment of the work to en­sure its im­ple­men­ta­tion ac­cord­ing to the spec­i­fied con­di­tions, and the trans­fer of waste and clean­li­ness of the site ac­cord­ing to a num­ber of de­ter­mi­nants men­tioned in the de­ci­sion. Full story @ time­so­fo­man.com/oman

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