Sharjah to invest $143m in sewer system

Tender to appoint consultants to develop sewer and storm-water drainage system is to be released soon

PHOTO: Sharjah plans to invest in its storm-water drainage system. Credit: Archives

Sharjah has given the green light to AED526 million ($143.2 million) worth of projects to develop its sanitary sewer and storm-water drainage system.

The approval follows the submission of a proposal by the Sharjah Urban Planning Council (SUPC) to boost the emirate’s infrastructure. The project follows a study carried out by the council in collaboration with international experts and other government bodies to identify top priorities for infrastructure development.

The initiative aims to improve the capacity and efficiency of Sharjah’s sewage-treatment plans to better support the population and urban expansion, state news agency WAM reported.

The storm-water drainage system will also help drain excess rain water, a known cause of floods on the city’s roads.

“The project will include renovation of the main sanitary sewer system in the emirate to considerably improve its efficiency, expansion of the main sewage treatment plant in Sharjah and the establishment of additional drainage points to radically solve the problem of rainwater runoff in many key areas,” said Khalid Mohammed Al Ali, Secretary General of the SUPC.

Ali Bin Shaheen al Suwaidi, head of the Directorate of Public Works in Sharjah, said the directorate will immediately float a tender to appoint specialised consultants.

“The department will work diligently to complete the project in record time, in cooperation with the SUPC, for the general benefit of the residents of the emirate and to keep pace with the comprehensive development plan taking place in Sharjah,” he said.


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