Ashghal unveils drainage work programme

The authority is currently working in Doha’s Bu Hamour area

The Bu Hamour area of Doha.
The Bu Hamour area of Doha.

Ashghal has embarked on an “extensive programme” to overhaul the drainage system in the Bu Hamour area of Doha.

It is home to the popular wholesale market and fish market that the public works authority said has developed significantly over the years.

“The infrastructure needed has not (developed) and as a consequence, both the wholesale market and fish market had continued to suffer from storm water overflows in the winter time and an inefficient septic tank sewerage system,” said Ashghal.

“An additional problem is that waste water from the area has high concentration of salt, making it unsuitable to be discharged into the existing system of public sewers.”

In order to solve these issues and provide better services to the residents and visitors of the area, work has started on an infrastructure project to provide for surface water drainage and a new foul-water system.

The project also includes the demolition of the existing pumping station and the construction of a new pre-treatment facility and connection to the nearby foul mains network, to enable treatment of the high-salt-concentrated water before discharging it.

The project is part of a wider proposal by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning for the upgrade and renovation of the fish market area.

As part of the project, Ashghal will also design, build, test and commission a new storm water drainage system, where water will be collected in a catchment area of 8,000m2 designed to manage the rainwater drainage for the existing and future developments.

Ashghal said it has made good progress on the project so far, and recently completed the sewerage and storm water drainage networks in and around the fish market area.

The works comprise 38% of the total project which will cost $5.1mn and is estimated to be completed in Q2 of 2015.

Development of the drainage and sewerage networks in fish market in Bu Hamour is one of Ashghal’s Local Roads and Drainage programme projects to develop, improve and enhance infrastructure facilities to meet Qatar’s demands for urban development.

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