The Ministry of Works, Municipalities & Urban Planning announced that 3 of their projects, namely Mina Salma Interchange Project, Muharraq Sewage Treatment Plant Project and the Survey & Land Registration Bureau Building Project earned MEED Quality Projects Award.
The award, which is organized by MEED on a yearly basis, is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards granted in recognition of outstanding projects and accomplishments in relation to mega projects in the area. The award follows certain criteria that take into account economic social and environmental impact of the project, engineering and construction challenges and creative aspects related to the design of the project.
The award was received by the Ministry's Roads Assistant Undersecretary Eng. Huda Fakhro and the Assistant Undersecretary for Construction Projects& Maintenance Eng. Mona Al Motawa, during a ceremony held in Dubai in May, 27, 2015.
On this occasion, the Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning Eng. Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf dedicated the accomplishment and the award to the leadership; represented by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, HRH the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and HRH the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Khalaf also commended the support extended to the Ministry from the Deputy Minister of HRH the Prime Minister's Court and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Urbanization & Infrastructure Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, who closely follows-up all the Ministry's projects.
Khalaf added that the Ministry's accomplishments will motivate staff to pursue further successes and accomplishments; in line with the Government's plan extending to year 2018. The plan includes 20 projects aiming to revamp roads and main highways, in addition to developing the sanitary infrastructure and sewerage networks targeting 98% of the population.
'Besides the projects funded by the Government, Bahrain is about to witness an unprecedented boom on the level of infrastructure projects; within phase 1 of the Gulf Development Program, at the cost of $700 million. The projects cover the revamp of Sh. Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Highway (Alba & Nuwaidrat Interchange), the roads leading to the North Town, the funding of part of phase 4 of Tubli Plant Expansion, the expansion and revamp of Sh. Zayed Avenue, the second interchange along Sh. Khalifa bin Salman Highway and connecting Roundabout 13 to Roundabout 18 in Hamad Town and phase 1 of Muharraq Ring Road,' said Khalaf.
He also added that the Ministry is supervising a number of strategic buildings projects, as part of the same program. The projects cover other sectors belonging to the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of health and the Ministry of Social Development; costing $360 million. The projects include 6 schools distributed over different areas in the Kingdom; namely the Comprehensive School for Girls in Jaw, the Care Center for the Long-Stay in Muharraq, the Dialysis Center Project in Riffa, the Hear Center Project and 3 social centers including the Comprehensive Disability Complex in A'Ali.
The BD24 million Mina Salman Interchange Project is considered to be the most important roads strategic project in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as it has contributed to alleviating the extreme traffic congestion along Mina Salman Interchange.
Muharraq STP Project is also a vital project that falls into the Ministry's decentralization projects for treatment plants. This mega national project is represented by the construction of a treatment plant with the capacity of 100,000m3/day, expandable to 160,000m3/day, in addition to constructing a 16km long and 15m deep conveyance system; using the micro-tunneling technique.
As for the $36 million Survey & Land Registration Bureau Building Project, it is considered to be a vital government entity responsible for serving citizens in relation to land registration, documentation and survey issues. The Building is constructed based on the latest construction systems and technology; covering an area of 24,000m2 and comprising of 12 storeys.