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Lawmakers label Manama a ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ amid fire fallout, safety concerns

TDT | Manama     

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Shop owners in Manama’s old souq, grappling with the aftermath of a devastating fire, are facing lost income and continuing rent and utility payments, MPs say, while also describing Manama as a “ticking time bomb.”

Parliamentarians state that the fire not only charred Manama’s history but also caused millions of dinars in damages, severely affecting numerous businesses.

Lawmakers emphasize that it is now time for the government to promptly compensate affected shop owners.

MP Ahmed Qarata, leading efforts with the Old Souq Development Committee, is working to secure compensation, with a meeting scheduled today to assess damages and submit a detailed report.

Qarata highlighted the financial burden on shop owners who are still paying rent and bills despite their loss of income.

Mahmood Al Namilty, Vice Chairman of the Manama Souq Development Committee, stressed the need for comprehensive compensation, including financial support and bill waivers until businesses can resume operations.

Riyadh Al Mahroos, another committee member, echoed these sentiments, underscoring the importance of swift action.

MP Ahmed Al Saloom, head of the Strategic Thinking Bloc, has called for rigorous building inspections following the fire.

He urged the government to conduct thorough checks in densely populated areas to ensure electrical safety and prevent future tragedies.

Describing Manama as a “ticking time bomb,” Al Saloom emphasized the urgent need for immediate action to prevent future disasters.

He called for thorough inspections addressing not just illegal workers and expired IDs but also critical safety conditions.