In response to widespread concerns about a recurring gas smell in and around Doha, the government has set up a new committee to investigate its cause.
In a statement issued tonight, the Ministry of Interior said the new task force held its first meeting today, March 23, under the directive of Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Over the past two weekends, Qatar residents have reported a pervasive gas odor that was so strong in some places, it could be smelled indoors. On Friday, the Ministry of Environment tweeted that it was aware of and investigating the scent, and that it posed no risk for residents.
However, some said the smell gave them headaches and caused them to feel dizzy.
According to the MOI, the new task force will include members from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Energy and Industry, Civil Defense and Qatar Fuel (Woqod).
In a statement, it said:
“The team will observe all air monitoring stations across the country to monitor the air quality. The team is all set to receive complaints at operations room of Ministry of Environment on 998 or Central Operation Room on 999. The Committee will function with further procedures followed by communicating with relevant bodies.”