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Madinat al Nahada residents demand essential services, infrastructure development

20 May 2024 Madinat al Nahada residents demand essential services, infrastructure development By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Citizens of Madinat al Nahada – Phase Three, in the wilayat of Amerat, are calling on the authorities to address their demands for basic services, such as water connections to their homes and lighting in internal streets to prevent accidents.

The traffic intersection on Al Juffainah Street has become an accident-prone zone, with local people dubbing it as ‘intersection of death’.

Muscat Daily spoke to the residents of the area to find out more on this particular issue, and ended up knowing about many other challenges that the local residents are facing for many years now.

Mahmoud al Daghishi, a resident of the area, highlighted the plight of residents, as he rued that despite years of appeals, basic services remain elusive.

In 2011, the residents appealed to the Authority for Public Services Regulation for water supply to every households in the area.

After several appeals since then, the residents received assurance only in 2017 that the matter would be studied by specialists.

Progress has still been slow, with only promises of a tender announcement for water network in 2025.

Daghishi explained that due to the lack of regular water supply, the residents are forced to engage water tankers to meet their daily needs. This costly affair is impacting the daily lives and livelihoods of the people in Madinat al Nahada.

Additionally, poor mobile network coverage further exacerbates communication woes.

Daghishi emphasised the urgent need to address the hazards posed by the Al Juffainah Street intersection, where accidents are common. “Proposed solutions include installation of speed breakers to mitigate risks.”

Mohammed al Farsi, another resident, highlighted additional challenges such as inadequate lighting on internal streets, increasing the risk of accidents, particularly with stray animals present.

Moreover, poor Internet connectivity, and absence of fibre optic infrastructure, further hampers communications. “We are calling for an immediate action to address these pressing issues, including measures such as installation of speed breakers, establishment of water lines, and improvement of communication infrastructure,” said Farsi.

Another resident spoke on various other essential services eluding the region. Acknowledging that while some progress has been made, Sinan al Barwani asserted that many challenges still persist. He highlighted the pressing need for infrastructure improvements, particularly the construction of a dual carriageway stretching approximately 5km from the Amerat police station roundabout to the area.

The current single road experiences significant congestion during peak hours, causing delays and pile of traffic up to one kilometre or more.

Barwani also stressed the urgency of addressing the Al Juffainah Street intersection, advocating for the construction of a roundabout to minimise the risk of accidents. He underscored the necessity of a government water delivery service in the region. “Currently, the residents rely on water tankers for their water supply, which is both costly and unsustainable.”

He revealed that while there are plans to commence water supply by the end of 2025, full pumping operations may not begin until the end of 2029.

“Given the area’s growing population and high demand for water, this delay poses significant challenges. The financial burden on residents is substantial, with the average cost of a single tanker of water exceeding RO5,” Barwani pointed out.

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