Manama : The Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry, being a service ministry, should continue give priority to improve the services to citizens, and develop infrastructure and networks suitable for urban investment and industrial growth, said His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday.
Delivering a keynote address in the presence of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister, Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf and a number of the Ministry’s staff at the Al-Sakhir Palace yesterday, His Majesty the King said that in order to maintain the advanced level of development the Kingdom is currently witnessing, the Ministry should meet the needs of all regions across the country.
His Majesty extended thanks to all the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry’s staff, led by Minister Essam Khalaf, for the tremendous efforts they are putting in to implement projects and programmes aimed at enhancing sustainable urban planning and developing the Kingdom’s infrastructure according to the best international standards.
“The Kingdom’s municipal work commenced with the establishment of the Manama Municipality 100 years ago, and the implementation of the first municipal law in the Arab region,” HM the King said.
HM the King pointed out that efforts to enhance the Kingdom’s urban and economic development should be coupled with agricultural development, preserving natural resources and protecting the environment.
HM the King thanked chairmen and members of municipal councils for their tireless efforts and joint cooperation with the Works Ministry to develop municipal work and meet the citizens’ needs, adding that he is looking forward to holding a special ceremony to mark the centennial of municipal work in Bahrain.
The Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf, extended, on behalf of all the Works Ministry’s affiliates, deepest thanks and gratitude to HM for his constant support, and for the audience.
The minister affirmed that the nation-building process in the Kingdom would continue unabated through many development projects that would contribute to improving infrastructure and consolidating the urban development requirement.
Thanks to the support of the leadership and the government, the Kingdom has made remarkable progress in infrastructure projects, he said, adding that the ministry has made significant progress in building roads and sanitary networks, as well as strategic building projects.
He explained that the ministry had developed a network of strategic roads and built a number of bridges and tunnels, including mainly the Hamad Town Tunnel, the Mina Salman Tunnel, the Um Al-Hassam Conjunction, in addition to the Isa Town, Zallaq, Sitra and North Manama bridges.
He said that the Shaikh Isa Avenue had been developed, and the traffic had been eased from all directions and as a result, opened a vital artery for the traffic movement and contributed positively to boosting trade, service and tourism transportation between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Regarding construction and strategic projects, the minister expressed Ministry’s pride for having built a number of government buildings, citing that the Bahrain National Theatre, inaugurated by HM the King on November 12, 2012, the Night Lighting for BIC, in addition to schools, heath and community centres, and the recent Family Courts Complex.