The roads sector will see 57 projects worth a total of RO3.5bn covering 12,704km. According to the minister, the most important project to be initiated this year will be the Musandam-Khasab-Lima-Dibba road in Musandam which will have tunnels – a first for the sultanate. Addressing the media at Crown Plaza Muscat, H E Dr Futaisi, said, “The Musandam-Khasab-Lima-Dibba road project in Musandam governorate will have tunnels. This will a first of its kind in the sultanate.”
Other works include dualisation of the Adam-Thumrait Road that links the country's north to the south, completion of the second phase of the Bidbid-Sur dual road and linking the dual carriage road from Muscat to Ibri through Dakhliyah and Dhahirah.
The other projects include the Hasik-Al Shuwaimya road which is part of the coastal road linking Muscat to Dhofar and the Jibreen-Ibri road.
H E Eng Salim al Hashar, the undersecretary for Transport Affairs in MoTC, said, “MoTC is currently testing mobile devices to check weights of trucks. During the test period, it was discovered that many trucks load weight up to 90tonnes while legal limit is 46tonnes.”
In the ports sector, MoTC is working to complete procedures to announce the master plan on converting Port Sultan Qaboos into a tourist port.
This year, the ministry will float tenders for carrying out studies on diversification and expansion of the Khasab Port.
A detailed plan on developing the Shinas Port for berthing wooden ships is also being prepared.
Work is in progress at the Port of Salalah to build new wharfs, including ones for liquid cargo. The ministry has said it will soon appoint design consultants for three other wharfs for containers at the port. H E Said bin Hamdoon al Harthi, the undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Affairs in MoTC said, “A e-system to register ships making calls in Oman's ports will be introduced. Work is in progress to set up three lighthouses and three Differential GPS (DGPS) stations along the sultanate's coasts.”
In the aviation sector, work at Duqm, Ras al Hadd, Sohar and Adam airports has reached the third phase and the airports are expected to be operational by the first half of 2015.
H E Eng Salim Ali al Aufi, CEO, Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA), said, “Nearly 70 per cent of work on the new runway and control tower at the Muscat International Airport is complete while the new terminal is expected to be ready by 2014-end. This year the number of meteorology stations will reach 77.”