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Musandam plans agricultural city, flood-protection infrastructure

18 May 2024 Musandam plans agricultural city, flood-protection infrastructure

Muscat – An agricultural city is set to be established in Musandam governorate as part of ongoing efforts to develop the region and bolster the nation’s food self-sufficiency. 

The announcement came during a recent municipal council meeting convened by the wali of Madha’s office, under the patronage of Sayyid Ibrahim Said al Busaidi, Governor of Musandam.

During the meeting, various developmental and service projects across the governorate were discussed. Among the topics addressed were the establishment of an agricultural city, the construction of a breakwater in the wilayat of Dibba, addressing illegal possessions in the wilayat of Khasab, and the need for a protection wall in the wilayat of Madha to mitigate risks from flooded wadis.

Breakwater is an artificial offshore structure to protect a harbour, anchorage, or marina basin from water waves. It intercepts longshore currents and prevents beach erosion.

Additionally, the council deliberated on a request from Nama Electricity Distribution for land allocation to build a major transformer station for distribution in the wilayat of Khasab.

Furthermore, the meeting took an overall view of the assessment of sites and plans susceptible to flood risks in the light of extreme weather events and climate change in the region.

Recently, the governorate has announced several development plans, which include 14 tenders floated by the Municipality of Musandam for upgradation of amenities in various villages within it. 

Those villages include Al Balad al Bahriyya in Khasab, besides Al Shariya al Hilweh, Al Aqaba al Bahria, Das al Bahria, Sanat al Bahria and Adas in Dibba. 

The civic body also called for tenders for the development of villages in Khasab including Qana, Maqlab, Mansal, Nazifi al Bahriyya, Ghab, Qubbat al Bahriyya, Ghazm al Bahriyya, Shabus al Bahriyya and Saibi al Bahriyya. 

A tender was also floated for a 1.7km Madha dual street project. 

According to an official, these initiatives are aimed at positioning Musandam governorate as a tourist destination, so as to make it more equipped to contribute to the nation’s income in a bigger way, and create employment opportunities for the local residents.

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