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Row erupts over Saudi sewage

Ministry and mayoral office of Jeddah in dispute

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The row concerns the sewage drainage networks of Jeddah
The row concerns the sewage drainage networks of Jeddah

Government offices in Jeddah are locked in a bitter battle over who is to blame for the delay of sewage drainage projects in the city, local media has reported.

Sources within the Ministry of Water and Electricity in Saudi Arabia are placing the blame for the delays on Jeddah’s Mayor’s Office, claiming the company contracted by the office has failed to carry out the vital sewage work within the deadline set.

The Control and Investigation Board (CIB) has observed many administrative and technical violations during the execution of the projects, the source told the Saudi Gazette.

The construction of bridges and underpasses at main intersections by the Jeddah Mayoralty had contributed to the delay of sewage draining networks the company was working on, according to a committee of consultants formed by the Projects Department at the Ministry.

It was also alleged that the company contracted to the project was not given access to areas which they needed to work on as the mayoralty kept working on the sites and in some cases changing the road directions.

The CIB has continued to monitor the new sewage projects which have been awarded to the company.
 

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