Over 80% of Madinah projects behind schedule

Monitoring programme finds 355 projects at risk of falling behind

Madinah is undergoing widepsread redevelopment work.
Madinah is undergoing widepsread redevelopment work.

As many as 535 out of 656 development projects in the Saudi Arabian city of Madinah are behind schedule or at risk of falling behind schedule, according to the Ada (performance) online government programme to monitor development schemes.

Local daily Al-Madinah has reported that work on 176 projects was delayed while work on four others has completely stopped. According to the programme, 355 are at risk of falling behind.

Implemented as part of the vision of Madinah Emir Prince Faisal Bin Salman for the development of the holy city, the Ada programme was launched earlier this month.

The development projects are being supervised or executed by about 32 government departments, including the municipality, branch ministries, universities, independent government authorities and others.

Reports in Saudi media have said that contractors are blaming a shortage of workers following the government crackdown on illegal foreigners for the delays in completing many of the projects.

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