The campaign to remove abandoned vehicles in the Industrial Area launched yesterday, by the Committee for Removal of Abandoned Vehicles in cooperation with the Department of Mechanical Equipment, the Municipality of Doha and the security authorities.
The campaign is part of continuous efforts of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to end this phenomenon, which is distorting the general landscape of the country and has negative impact on environment. The campaign comes in accordance to the provision of Law No. (18) of 2017 on hygiene.
Saleh Hassan Al Kuwari, Director of Natural Reserves Department and Deputy Chairman of Committee for Removal of Abandoned Vehicles; Marzouq Mubarak Al Mesaifir, Assistant Director of Mechanical Equipment Department and Member of the Committee, Ghanem Nasser Al Qubaisi from the General Control Section in Doha Municipality and officials from the Internal Security Forces “Lekhwiya” were present at the occasion.
“The campaign will continue until the completion of the removal of all neglected vehicles in all areas of the Industrial Area,” said Saleh Hassan Al-Kuwari, Director of the Department of Natural Reserves and Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Removal of Abandoned Vehicles.
He expected that the number of neglected cars that will be removed during the campaign will be around 7 to 10,000. “This means that the campaign will continue for one to three months due to the large size of area and number of vehicles in the area.”
He said that this campaign targets the abandoned cars located within the borders of the Industrial Area, with the participation of a number of equipment and machinery belonging to the municipality and the relevant authorities, namely the internal security force “Lekhwiya” and the General Directorate of Traffic.
He pointed out that the abandoned cars that are lifted are transferred to the tow yard in Al Mashaf area, which so far has accommodated up to 25,000 cars. “Some 3,000 rickety cars were chopped off in two months,” he added.
As for the collection of abandoned cars in Umm Salal area, Al-Kuwari said that it was opened to serve the northern areas of the country to facilitate the process of lifting the abandoned vehicles and reduce the congestion of cars by booking Al Mashaf and Abu Hamour.
For his part; Marzouq Mubarak Al Mesifir, Assistant Director of the Department of Mechanical Equipment and member of the committee, said that the committee’s efforts started from the municipalities of Doha, Al Shahaniya and Al-Dhaen and now has come to the Industrial Area which is considered the most important. He added that the committee has intensified its efforts during the last period through continuous campaigns on these areas.
After transferring the cars to the tow yard in Al-Mashaf, Messemeir and Umm Salal areas, the legal procedures will be applied by granting six months to their owners, after which they will be disposed of by auction organized by the ministry, or at the request of local companies to get rid of them by cutting and benefiting from iron. He added that 4950 abandoned cars have been lifted since the beginning of this year, and the campaign will continue until the completion of cleaning all municipalities, expecting that the number of abandoned cars across the country will be about 17 to 18,000 cars.
Lieutenant Abdullah Ali Shuail Al Marri of the Internal Security Force, Lekhwiya, said: “Lekhwiya is involved in maintaining security and providing a number of heavy machinery for removal of abandoned cars that distort the public view.”
Lieutenant Ali Rashid Al Marri of the General Directorate of Traffic and Patrols explained that the traffic participation comes within the framework of cooperation with the concerned authorities, where patrols are organizing traffic during the removal process. In addition to help in lifting the neglected vehicles, which are hindering implementation of important development projects in the Industrial Area.
Ghanem Nasser Al Qubaisi from the General Control Section in Doha Municipality said that the campaign aims at removing the neglected cars from various streets from No 16th to 52. “Today, about 50-75 neglected cars were detected and removed during the morning and evening shifts,” he added.
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