DM allocates $1.9bn for service projects this year

The greatest share of the allocated budget will go to the development of the $1.4bn storm water tunnel project for the Airport City and the Expo 2020 Venue areas

Dubai Municipality.
Dubai Municipality.

Dubai Municipality has allocated $1.9bn in this year's budget for infrastructure development and the execution of new large-scale, high-priority projects and services in the field of health and environment, it announced on Monday.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality said that the greatest share of the allocated budget will go to the development of the $1.4bn storm water tunnel project for the Airport City and the Expo 2020 Venue areas, according to WAM.

“These projects, which will be completed by 2019, are 55% completed, and will be operational before the opening of Expo 2020. Work is under way in full swing on an area of 42,000 hectares," he said.

Lootah also added that he project includes the construction of a main line to collect rainwater to serve the Airport and Expo areas, of which an initial study has already been completed in areas including Deira as well as a primary design.

The primary study includes the drilling of two tunnels and the pipelines will be extending up to 13 kilometres.

Another major project in the budget is the $381bn sewage treatment plant in Jebel Ali, to be completed in 2018, and serving 1.8 million people in an area of 25,000ha.

“It will also be keeping pace with future expansion projects, as well as the high-profile events that will be witnessed by Dubai, notably Expo 2020,” Lootah said.

"The Jebel Ali plant will reach the capacity of up to 675,000 cubic metres per day instead of its current capacity of 300,000, as it is designed with the latest international technology and made safe and environmentally friendly.

“It also ensures the water generated is with the high characteristics and quality to be used for irrigating plantations," he added.

Sewage and the treatment of water will be a major focus point for the municipality going forward to 2020, as Lootah expressed the need to tackle the increasing challenges of waste water quantity, while ultimately reducing the pressure on water resources.

“We want to increase the areas connected through the sewage networks in Dubai to 100%,” he said.

“Hence, we have embarked on a project to establish a sewerage and storm water drainage network in Khawaneej-2 at a cost of AED300m ($82m).”

The project will be completed this year, covering the entire areas of Khawaneej-2.

The $66m Deira area development project, expected to be completed in 2018, will also cover several areas such as Al Qusais and includes the establishment of 13.7km long underground sewer lines.

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