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Posted On: 22 March 2023 02:44 pm
Updated On: 22 March 2023 02:57 pm

Cabinet approves amendments to existing law concerning public hygiene

Fareeha Imtiaz
Fareeha Imtiaz
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The regular meeting of the Council took place on 22 March 2023, where the Council of Ministers took note of the Shura Council's approval of a draft law amending some provisions of Law No. (18) of 2017 regarding public hygiene.

The draft law outlined the following:

1) It is prohibited to occupy squares, roads, streets, corridors, alleys, sidewalks, squares, and public parking lots with abandoned vehicles, equipment, machinery, or temporary or fixed buildings, without a license from the competent municipality.

It is also prohibited to leave marine means and any equipment used for transporting them by land or sea, any equipment used for maintenance, or any equipment, machinery, vehicles or parts thereof neglected in the port or on the seashore up to the furthest distance the wave reaches with the beach precincts at a distance of ten meters and to a distance of fifty meters inside seawater, for a period exceeding three days, without a permit from the competent municipality.

2) It is prohibited to leave, throw or pour waste, or dispose of it, in places other than those specified by the competent municipality, and in the event of a violation of this, the competent municipality may remove the reasons for the violation at the expense of the violator, and seize the transport vehicles used in these violations for a period not exceeding three months.

3) The competent municipality shall carry out public cleaning works in all its forms, including the collection, transportation, unloading and disposal of waste, and it may recycle and treat it to benefit from it, and it may assign all or some of these operations to one or more contractors in accordance with the provisions of the law, including the product or the importer of the materials from which these wastes are generated, in accordance with the controls issued by a decision of the Minister.

4) A committee called the “Joint Committee for the Removal and Disposal of Abandoned Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment” shall be established at the Ministry of Municipality. A decision of the Council of Ministers shall issue its formation, and specify its terms of reference, work system and rewards for its members.

Source: QNA
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