Qatar seeks to impose strict materials monitoring

Qatar's recent flooding has fueled a call for materials monitoring and the implementation of building standards with a blacklist of violating contractors

Doha's recent flood damage to buildings has sparked the call for monitoring of materials and work performed by contractors.
Doha's recent flood damage to buildings has sparked the call for monitoring of materials and work performed by contractors.

The Central Municipal Council (CMC) has recommended that a strict monitoring system be set up for imported construction materials in Qatar.

The body suggested that close coordination with authorities is desirable to finalise the list of construction materials produced locally.

The civic Services and Facilities Committee hosted Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, assistant undersecretary for Standards and Specifications at the Ministry of Environment, at his seventh meeting to discuss means of monitoring imported construction materials.

The panel forwarded these recommendations to the CMC chairman.

The CMC passed three recommendations, the first addressed to the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to activate previous recommendations of the council to establish a public body for assets passed on November 11, 2013, The Peninsula reports.

The Public Work Authority (Ashghal) was the focus of the second recommendation: to study the possibility of reviewing all contracting companies and design and engineering consultancies which have contracts with Ashghal.

This would include updating the list, in addition to making assessments a regular, ongoing process.

A blacklist of contracting companies, consultancy and designing offices guilty of violating contracts, was put forward.

The suggestion was made to also include standards and specifications to prohibit violators from participating in any new tendering process.

The blacklist should be circulated to all government entities, it said.

In its third recommendation to Ashghal, the CMC demanded that it creates a database of contracting companies and engineering offices and make it accessible online for users.

Hamad bin Lahdan Al Mohannadi, deputy chairman of CMC, and representative of constituency No. 26 suggested that the database must include projects implemented by each company, years of experience and performance evaluation, besides other information.

The proposal was discussed at the seventh meeting of the CMC and forwarded to the committee for discussion and recommendations.

This comes on the back of the recent flooding and rainwater logging on roads and in subways and water leakage in numerous government buildings.

The recent floods highlighted the importance of establishing a supervisory body to apply strict monitoring system on contracting companies, Al Mohannadi proposed.

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