Bahrain plans to build six new towns
Plans are being worked out to build six new towns in the center of Bahrain. According to the Gulf Daily News, the Municipalities and Agriculture Ministry asked the Central Municipal Council to suggest sites for future housing projects.
Designs for three of the towns have already been completed, according to municipal councillor Sayed Abdulla Al A'ali.
"The first one measures 1.5 square kilometres and will include 3,000 government houses to the east of Sitra," said Mr Al A'ali. "There is a four sq km area west of Salmabad where 8,000 houses will be built."
Meanwhile, three other regions - to the north of Tubli and north and south of Salmabad - are still being surveyed, Mr Al A'ali conveyed.
However, plans to construct 10,000 houses on Fasht Al Adm island are still on hold after generating a number of complaints. Opposers claim the project could harm the environment and damage fisheries, while they also say it is too far from the mainland.
"The 8.5sq km island was supposed to have 10,000 houses, but complaints from fishermen who depend on marine resources in the area have put the project on hold," noted Mr Al A'ali.