90% of World Cup projects awarded, Cabinet told

Date: 09 Feb 2017

About 90% of projects related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in all sectors were awarded and are expected to be executed within the schedule, the State Cabinet’s meeting was told yesterday. And about 65% of the road projects are planned to be completed this year and next year.

The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani chaired the cabinet’s regular weekly meeting at its Emiri Diwan premises.

The Minister of Finance H E Ali Sherif Al Emadi, who is also chairman of the ministerial group for coordination and follow-up of major projects (of strategic importance), gave a detailed presentation on the implementation of current and future projects in key sectors along with the steps taken to implement them.

The Minister touched on highway projects and deadlines to complete their implementation, saying that about 65% of road projects will be completed during 2017 and 2018 and that most of the projects are expected to be completed during the period between the end of 2019 and mid-2020.

The Minister added that more than 50% of the Rail project has been completed, and 100% of the drilling tunnel operations and 45% of the stations are complete.

The minister presented to the council what has been achieved in the health sector in 2016, including the opening of the Communicable Disease Centre, three health centres and two workers health centers, pointing out that four hospitals and four health centres will open in 2017.

In the field of electricity and water, it is expected that the first phase of Umm Al Houl plant will be completed by the end of 2017 and 50 percent of the biggest water reservoirs projects has also been implemented.

A complete program for infrastructure projects to more than 10,400 residential plots of land for citizens over the next three years was also approved.

The Minister added that the state is carrying out several projects in the education sector, the most important of which is the expansion of educational buildings at Qatar University and new schools across the country.

The Prime Minister called for the commitment of competent authorities to the implementation of the projects according to their plans and deadlines and the allocated budget.

Credit: zawya.com

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