Kuwait is not im­mune to quakes

PART ob­tains ap­proval to main­tain cross­roads

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, April 16: Kuwaiti Earth­quake Ex­pert Dr Firyal Bou Rabea af­firmed that Kuwait is not im­mune to earth­quakes, and that de­struc­tive earth­quakes can hap­pen any time in Kuwait, re­ports Al-Qabas daily.

In an in­ter­view, she in­di­cated that no part of the world is safe from earth­quakes, rul­ing out that sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy has reached a level of pre­dict­ing earth­quakes be­fore they oc­cur.

Dr Bou Rabea said, “Since the es­tab­lish­ment of Kuwait Seis­mic Net­work, al­most 930 earth­quakes have been recorded in­clud­ing 39 with in­ten­sity rang­ing be­tween 3 and 4.7 on the Richter scale while the rest are less than 3.”

She re­vealed that Kuwait Univer­sity is in the process of es­tab­lish­ing a new net­work for record­ing earth­quakes to as­sist Kuwait Seis­mic Net­work in Kuwait In­sti­tute for Sci­en­tific Re­search (KISR).

Dr Bou Rabea said, “Even though there are risks of earth­quakes in Kuwait, we can man­age,” af­firm­ing that all build­ings in Kuwait con­form to the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of seis­mic code.

She con­cluded the in­ter­view by call­ing for es­tab­lish­ing risk mon­i­tor­ing and prepa­ra­tion net­works.

Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Roads & Trans­port (PART) has ob­tained the ap­proval of Cen­tral Agency for Pub­lic Ten­ders (CAPT) to es­tab­lish and main­tain the cross­roads on the Sixth Ring Road lead­ing to the new res­i­den­tial ar­eas west of Jleeb Al-Shuy­oukh (Sabah Al-Nasser Bridge). The project was sus­pended for years due to a dis­pute be­tween the Min­istry of Pub­lic Works and the rel­e­vant con­trac­tor, re­ports Al-Rai daily. The daily quot­ing a re­li­able source said PART and the rel­e­vant con­trac­tor have reached an agree­ment ac­cord­ing to which the con­trac­tor should fin­ish the re­main­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of the project that started in 2011.

He added that PART is presently wait­ing for the ap­proval of State Au­dit Bureau (SAB) to restart the project.

He added the agree­ment cov­ers the with­drawal of law­suits filed in this con­text and ex­pected the ap­proval of Au­dit Bureau in the com­ing month and ac­com­plished within one year as per terms and con­di­tions of the con­tract.

KUNA photo

Chair­man of the Kuwait Anti-Cor­rup­tion Au­thor­ity (Nazaha) Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Ne­mash dur­ing the 6th Min­is­te­rial Con­fer­ence of the Arab Net­work for the Pro­mo­tion of In­tegrity and Com­bat­ing Cor­rup­tion in Bagh­dad.

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