Qatar: Parking lot caves in at Barwa City
The huge Barwa City development in Doha, experienced a sudden cave-in of three parking bays, creating panic and concern among its residents.
Barwa City car park area experienced sudden cave-in.
Located in Mesaimeer, Doha, Qatar, the massive Barwa City development has come under scrutiny over the sudden cave-in of a section of its parking area.
Doha News reports that the property mangers of the development, Waseef, are investigating the incident, with land fills being a possible reason for the occurrence.
Barwa City comprises around 6,000 apartments in 128 buildings, spread across 1.35 million square metres and the collapse occurred in three car park spaces next to building number I-3, igniting a flurry of safety complaints by the residents.
However, Waseef officials said that this is the first time such an incident has taken place inside the development which is home to some 30,000 people.
There is concern for a school which is adjacent to the damaged parking area and residents have also expressed concerns about the safety of neighbouring buildings.
“People are concerned that any collapse might affect the school – the complex is only about three metres away.
“And they are worried that a similar collapse might happen in other areas in Barwa City,” one resident, who asked not to be named, told Doha News.
Waseef pointed out that the area caved in because it sat on top of a collection of rainwater.
The official allayed the concerns of parents from the Newton International School, saying that that this would not happen to other buildings in Barwa City “because none of the buildings have such sinks underneath them".
“All the similar points of sinks are fenced and they are in open spaces and Barwa City is working with the construction company to fill such sinks.”
While Waseef’s Mohammed Al Kubaisi said that more than one contractor is investigating the causes behind the cave-in, he declined to name the companies involved, while speaking to Doha News.
Al Kubaisi said that the possible cause is being studied and that areas within Barwa City that have surface water have already been fenced off, with public access denied.
He added: “The contractors are still investigating whether the quality of landfills is to be blamed for this collapse.”