The Joint Committee for Removing Abandoned Vehicles in the country launched on Thursday a comprehensive joint campaign to remove abandoned cars and equipment in the Industrial Area in cooperation with the Public Cleanliness and Mechanical Equipment departments, Doha Municipality, and the security authorities.
The campaign came after the committee got restructured in accordance with Ministerial Resolution No. 178 of 2020 and within the framework of the continuous efforts of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to limit the number of abandoned cars and equipment that distort the aesthetic view of the state. The campaign is also an implementation of Law No. (18) of 2017 on public hygiene.
In this regard, Assistant Director of the Department of Public Cleanness at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Muhammad Faraj Al Kubaisi stated that this campaign started on Thursday and will continue until the removal of all abandoned cars throughout the Industrial Area. He explained that 17,000 vehicles, including 12 thousand cars in the Industrial Area, were removed during 2019, adding that 5,000 of them were disposed and the rest will be as well.
He pointed out that the disposal of abandoned vehicles will be through private companies in a safe and sound manner and according to internationally and locally approved standards. He called on the owners of the cars and garages in the Industrial Area to cooperate with the authorities and remove their cars from the area.
He stated that the campaign comes within the framework of ensuring the aesthetic and proper appearance of the various areas of the state and that it will continue in cooperation with the concerned authorities until the completion of the removal of all cars that distort the general view.
In the same context, Assistant Director of the Mechanical Equipment Department and member of the joint committee Marzouq Mubarak Al Masifari said that this campaign started to remove the largest number of the abandoned cars in the Industrial Area due to its importance, pointing out that the Committee intensified its efforts during the past period through the continuous campaigns in all parts of the country, as more than 4 thousand abandoned cars have been removed since the beginning of this year.
He expected the number of cars that will be removed from the Industrial Area during this campaign to reach approximately 10 thousand cars that violate the hygiene law, at a rate of 50 to 70 cars per day.
He explained that after removing the vehicle and transporting them to the abandoned vehicles collection unit at detention spots in Al Meshaf, Mesaimeer, and Umm Salal, the legal procedures are applied by granting a period of 6 months. Afterward, the cars are disposed of through the public auction hosted by the Ministry or through local companies that directly dispose of them by cutting them and using their components.
Lieutenant Yousef Fahd Al Ali of the General Directorate of Traffic indicated that Traffics participation comes within the framework of its major role within the Committee in removing abandoned cars during the campaign and supporting other authorities in monitoring abandoned cars and transporting them to designated places.
He explained the role of the General Directorate of Traffic in the process is that it strike out abandoned cars from the registration system after the six-month deadline. The patrols also organize traffic during the removal process.
The Committee organized last year a comprehensive campaign, in cooperation and coordination with all the municipalities separately, to remove abandoned vehicles and deposit them at detention spots, as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment devoted a site for collecting abandoned cars in the municipality of Umm Salal, to serve the northern areas, in addition to current sites in Al Meshaf in Al Wakra and Mesaimeer.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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