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ASGC: Rainwater flooding halted progress at some construction sites

EXCLUSIVE: Project manager, Wassim Hegazi told Construction Week, transportation of resources, material was delayed

Submersible pumps are put on standby at construction sites during rain [representational].
Submersible pumps are put on standby at construction sites during rain [representational].

Construction progress was halted for a day and a half at some of the projects that Dubai-based construction giant ASGC has been building, the firm’s project manager, Wassim Hegazi told Construction Week, while talking about the effects of heavy rain that hit the UAE last week on construction activities.

Hegazi said that construction was stopped at some of its project “due to water flooding, and to ensure that the main power supply and high voltage cables are not affected by the rain”.

He added, “transportation of resources and material suffered a little with delays and interrupted trips” as rain made it difficult to drive on some roads.

Some of the construction sites, where infrastructure work has not been completed were partially flooded, according to Hegazi.

According to Hegazi, the projects that the firm is developing in areas such as Dubai Mall Expansion and Taj Hotel effects of heavy rain were ‘minimal’.

Speaking about the protective measures the company adopted on-site during such weather condition, Hegazi told Construction Week: “There is a registers’ check list serving the rain and water flooding cases. The first priority is to check the electrical connections safety and review the shafts openings and closures.”

“As for our workforce, they certainly have shaded areas for times like that. On each site, the workers have a dedicated rest area that is a closed air-conditioned tent. There are also shaded and dedicated assembly points in the permanent structure.”

Commenting on the contractor’s preparedness for such weather conditions, Hegazi said that during weather alerts “submersible pumps are put on standby, shafts are closed, and any construction material on the outer layer is removed”.

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