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More cement benches for neighbourhoods.

ALL neighbourhoods in the Capital Governorate will soon have new concrete benches, following a municipal council proposal.

The benches will be placed near homes for school and university students who wait for their buses as well as near graveyards to be used during burials and visits.

They will also replace old furniture used by youngsters who gather to play cards on the street and those playing football on open grounds in their neighbourhoods.

More benches will also be built at public parks and gardens as well as in markets.

Manama Municipal Council is compiling a list of places where it wants the benches to be located.

"We have reached an agreement with the municipality that benches will be set-up wherever we choose rather than just on municipal properties," said council financial, administrative and legislative committee chairman Sadiq Al Basri.

"But first we will ask residents where they want the benches to be set up, as some had complained that the move could be an invasion of their privacy, with those using them disturbing peace and quite," Mr Al Basri said.

"Those benches are important for various reasons, whether it is students waiting for buses, people attending burials or youngsters playing cards on ugly old furniture.

"Public parks and gardens will also have more benches for those playing sports and families, considering that many parks and gardens at the moment have only two or three benches," he said.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Apr 24, 2010
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