A high-level delegation comprising ministers visited the Batinah Coastal Road project on Tuesday and inspected the progress of work.
The delegation also looked into the aspect of compensation for those affected by the project.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, the delegation included H E Dr Saud bin Hamoud bin Ahmed al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources; H E Dr Khalfan bin Said bin Mubarak al Shu’aili, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning; H E Eng Said bin Hamoud bin Said al Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology.
Phase 1 of the project is from Barka to Wudam al Sahil, a stretch of 60km.
H E Eng Salim Mohammed Abdullah al Naimi, Undersecretary for Transport in the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, explained to the delegation the details of the project. Forty-five kilometres of Phase 1 of the project is complete, which includes 68km of service roads and 9.5km of link roads that were opened earlier.
H E Eng Naimi informed the delegation that besides the 15km stretch of the Phase 1, service roads of 12km await completion.
The 120km dual carriageway project is divided into two sections, Phase 2 extending from Sohar Port to Khatmat Malaha.
The delegation also visited the fishing port in the wilayat of Barka and inspected the Barka Port development project, which is being built in partnership with the private sector and is part of the economic diversification programme carried out by Falcon Tourism Investments Company.
The company will develop the port and provide services for fishery activities, including a modern fish market, ice factory, canning and packaging factory, fish processing, maintenance workshops, boat manufacturing, fishermen’s rest house and storage area, in addition to a five-star hotel.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has announced that construction of alternative houses for citizens affected by the Batinah Coastal Road Project is complete. The houses have been built in Qasbiyat al Za’ab area in the wilayat of Khabourah.