posted on 23/08/2004: 953 views
The contract for the first phase of the Dh300 million central sewage system project has been awarded to Jog Union Engineering LLC, with negotiations for the second and third phase ongoing.
The contract for the Dh130 million first phase was signed by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Kayed Al Qasimi, chairman of the Ras al-Khaimah's Sewage Authority, on behalf of the emirate's government, and Madhav Jog, from Jog Union Engineering LLC. Halcrow is the consultant for the project.
Sheikh Mohammad said the signing of the contract for a state-of-the-art central sewage system marks a milestone in the emirate's rapid and planned urban development.
As a corollary to this initiative, the capacity of Ras Al Khaimah's 20 million litre per day sewage treatment plant, under construction, will be augmented to 60 million litres per day. This is the highest quantum of waste that this emirate is estimated to generate by 2030.
This initiative follows from the realisation that the waste water disposal system in the emirate pivoting on cesspits and soakaways was inadequate in the face of the emirate's growth and development, particularly considering the operational and environmental questions involved in a scenario of fast-paced urbanisation in most of its areas and the attendant public health hazard potential.
The new central sewage system will have a sewage treatment process that is simple to operate and maintain and will not need high energy to run. It will also be designed to facilitate capacity expansion and addition of more sophisticated processes and units.
The new central sewage system will be financed by a loan taken by the emirate's government from the Commercial International Bank. Sources at the emirate's Emiri Court said residents will be charged one-fourth the cost of their water consumption as sewage fees, and that fee will be automatically added to the monthly water and electricity bills.
Once the laying of the 450-km sewage pipelines of the first phase is completed, the owners of houses and commercial firms will be required to pay connection fees that will be fixed later by the Sewage Authority. Sources present during the signing ceremony said that digging of the streets in the city of Ras Al Khaimah and Al Nakheel will start by the beginning of next month. (The Gulf News)
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