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Dumping clamp on building firms.

A CRACKDOWN has been launched on companies illegally dumping construction waste on vacant plots of land in the Northern Governorate.

Inspectors will be dispatched to areas populated with unfenced land including Shakhoora, Saar and Hamad Town, where companies violating the rules will face fines or even suspensions.

It comes after Northern Municipality director-general Yusuf Al Ghatam inspected areas across the governorate with a team of municipality officials and Northern Municipal councillors.

"Some irresponsible workers carry the waste to open areas at night and clearly their contractors don't supervise their work," Mr Al Ghatam told the GDN.

"The waste is usually cement, bricks, sand and stones that pile up by day and look really bad.

"The municipality organises inspection visits in the governorate, but this time we are concentrating our efforts to stop this problem and alert contractors who are still unaware of it."

Mr Al Ghatam said municipality officials have started setting up warning signs near unfenced land in several areas.

"Our temporary solutions are warning notes, fines, forcing contracting companies to remove the waste and move them to the landfill or even suspend their work," he explained.

"We might also fence off some land whose owners are unknown to us and we urge all land owners to fence them off by themselves or they will get charged as well.

"The municipality will also take action against contractors if they found out that they employ free visa workers.

"Residents can help by reporting any incidents of workers dumping waste by calling the municipality during their working hours."

To report violations, call the municipality on 80008099.

shahlaa@gdn.com.bh

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jan 5, 2015
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