Salalah mo­torists can soon make a stop for rest

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - VINOD NAIR MUS­CAT, JAN 12


The gov­ern­ment plans to de­velop rest areas for truck driv­ers and other mo­torists on the 1,000-km road that links Mus­cat with Salalah in the south.

Lo­gis­tics provider Asyad has in­vited bids to de­sign, build, fi­nance, op­er­ate and trans­fer of truck rest areas in Adam, Haima, Tham­rait, with fa­cil­i­ties to be spread over nearly 70,000 sqm in each of these lo­ca­tions.

The last date for re­ceiv­ing ten­der doc­u­ments is Jan­uary 16 and last date for sub­mit­ting bids March 13.

The project will have manda­tory fa­cil­i­ties such as truck park­ing, pub­lic toi­lets and shower fa­cil­i­ties, truck main­te­nance and re­pair, mosque and fuel sta­tion. It may in­clude value-added fa­cil­i­ties such as driver’s ac­com­mo­da­tion, din­ing fa­cil­i­ties, clinic and phar­macy, com­mer­cial build­ing for re­tail and busi­nesses, of­fice space (for project sup­port only) or other fa­cil­i­ties which the de­vel­oper may deem fit with­out com­pro­mis­ing the scale and qual­ity of manda­tory fa­cil­i­ties.

Such fa­cil­i­ties are ex­pected to en­cour­age mo­torists to take short breaks, es­pe­cially dur­ing night trips, and pre­vent ac­ci­dents.

In its re­quest for pro­posal (RFP), Asyad says Oman has over 64,000 reg­is­tered trucks, a large num­ber of which come from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. “De­spite the large num­ber of trucks on its roads, park­ing in­fra­struc­ture is sig­nif­i­cantly un­der­de­vel­oped, which of­ten leads to il­le­gal park­ing, traf­fic con­ges­tion, un­safe traf­fic con­di­tions, pub­lic safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns in var­i­ous in­dus­trial and ur­ban areas in Oman,” the re­port said.


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