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Ashghal to overhaul drainage system in part of southern Doha

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Flooding in Mansoura following rain in March 2014.
Flooding in Mansoura following rain in March 2014.

Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced plans to revamp the drainage system in Najma, which residents have complained is frequently backed up with sewage.

In a statement, Ashghal acknowledged that the area has been suffering from a problem, in large part due to its growing population:

“The short term goal of the project is to find a permanent solution for the sewerage water overflow and accommodate the increase in population in Najma. The old sewerage network which was built earlier to meet the requirements of a limited number of residents is not sufficient for the current bigger sewerage flows.”

The project is estimated to be completed at the end of 2015, and is expected to include the replacement of over 20km of pipelines, 500 sewer manholes and 1,000 house and commercial connections.

The affected areas are located in southern Doha, bordered by B-Ring Road in the north, C-Ring Road in the south, Al Matar Street in the east and Najma Street in the west.

Flooding in Najma

News of a new drainage system comes as a relief to many residents, including Abdullah AK, an Indian grocer in Najma who said that his days are filled with stocking supplies, selling goods and dealing with sewage.

The 23-year-old, who works at Sana Grocery in Najma, told Doha News that for the two years that he’s been working at the store, the area outside has been flooded with waste and leaking sewage water.

He added:

“Right now, there’s sewage water following from a nearby gutter, water from a leaking tank, and water from a leaking pipe. It’s not constant, but it comes off and on. I’ve tried to complain to the landlord, but they don’t do anything. Recently, I’ve hired someone myself to fix the leak in the pipe nearby so that it doesn’t add to the water here.”

Another grocer said: “It’s been this way for three years. When it’s sewage water, the smell is terrible.”

Once completed, the new drainage system is expected to last the area some 50 years, Ashghal said. It will feature efficient, environmentally friendly pump stations with fewer emissions.

Old pipelines will be replaced with ones with larger diameters to handle sewage disposed by close to a million inhabitants in southern Doha, Ashghal added, continuing:

“This will result in the improvement of the sewerage network efficiency in the area and subsequently lead to controlling the environmental dangers that are caused due to sewerage overflow. In addition to improving the social life of residents, the project will considerably contribute to sustaining the environment.”

Other drainage problems

Ashghal came under fire earlier this year after a key road in Doha flooded during rainfall, stranding several cars in an underpass.

NJood Al Kuwari
NJood Al Kuwari

The flooding got so heavy on Salwa Road in March that it led to the temporary closure of the Qatar Decoration underpass, despite the presence of a newly built drainage system.

At the time, Ashghal deployed emergency teams to suction water, attributing the flooding to a lack of a drainage outlet.

In a statement, it explained that while the road had a drainage network with a high capacity, this was not yet connected to an outlet, so all rain water simply pooled in the existing pipes, and was removed by suction pumps as required.

It added that a planned link to the sea “via the Abu Hamour network” had not yet been completed.

A committee headed by Qatar’s Prime Minister later held Ashghal and the contractor working on the drainage system responsible for the flooding.

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Yacine
Yacine
7 years ago

Dear DohaNews:
A gentle remark: I have noticed many mistakes in your recent articles. Mostly typos but sometimes also grammar mistakes. I hope it is not because you are understaffed and do not have enough people to do the proofreading.

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

They hired Qatari summer interns 🙂

Shabina921
Shabina921
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

We don’t currently have any Qatari staffers, but would love to hire some. Yacine, we’ve always been a small team, and it’s grown even smaller since holiday season. Please bear with us, and feel free to point out errors in the comments section or via email, editor@dohanews.co. Thanks for making your remark gentle 😀

Expat Girl
Expat Girl
7 years ago
Reply to  Shabina921

I will bear with you Doha News!! Doha News is my favorite site to check everyday and I appreciate what all of you do there, so thank you all for all of your efforts!!

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago

Seems like najma is over flowing with expat’s … Just Dohanews 🙂

It’ll probably be cheaper to round up all the illegals residing in najma and get them one way plane tickets back home …

Yacine
Yacine
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I lived there for few months and I must admit it is a very busy place and not very nice to live in. Roads are narrow and there is construction everywhere, and if you want to walk to the mosque or the shopping centre (they have a big Al Meera there) then you will have to share the road with cars, as there are no pavements. As for the illegals, I have no idea but you can see plenty of old decaying houses with tens of labourers inside. I won’t be surprised if many of them are staying here illegally.

It is definitely not a place I would recommend, even though there are some new and nicely furnished buildings for expats there.

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Someone edited my comment :/

Expat Girl
Expat Girl
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Did they really?? And it wasn’t you?? Does that mean that DN edited it? Were you notified it was being edited? This really surprises me! Please tell me what happened.

Shabina921
Shabina921
7 years ago
Reply to  Expat Girl

I didn’t edit it – perhaps you typo-ed?

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago
Reply to  Expat Girl

I said najma seems like it’s over flowing with expat pooh just like dn has a lot if expat pooh…

Expat Girl
Expat Girl
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Oh come on A_qtr! Let’s be nice and play well with others. Playground rules say no bullying in the sandbox.

wee_johnnie
wee_johnnie
7 years ago

It might be useful if they built things in the right order…or made sure that things were ready and they weren’t just hoping and keeping fingers crossed that there wouldn’t be heavy rain.
Whilst the sewer system in Najma is old the planning department ought to be putting restrictions on any new building developments, limiting what they can discharge or not allowing development until the system has been upgraded.
Too much of the cart before the horse. In most cases the horse isn’t even born !!!

Expat Girl
Expat Girl
7 years ago
Reply to  wee_johnnie

Great comment!

What if I decide to build new apartments, give them super fancy toilet facilities, and then just “forget” to hook them up with sewage facilities in hopes that no one will have to use the restroom for 6-46 months while I go ahead and sort out that whole sewage “situation”.

NO that is NOT the way it should work! The same way a road should not be opened until its drainage facilities have been created and tested.

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