Mayor of Amman, Omar Maani, recently presided over a meeting comprising City Deputy Manager for Public Works, Fawzi Mas'ad, the Mayor's Advisor for Regional Affairs, Mahmoud Al-'Armouti, and City Deputy Manager for Planning, Ziad Rihani, together with the executive directors of GAM departments and districts.
The meeting was dedicated to review progress of the future projects that the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) is working on, regarding the fields of traffic, infrastructure, services, and urban development.
Maani was also briefed about the achievements of the engineering departments in Al-Jubeiha, Al-Mgabalein, and Badr districts, following his recent visits to these districts.
The Mayor named two vital projects that are currently being executed by GAM – namely, the junction that links the streets of Marj Al-Hamam and Jabal Arafat as "Rabwat Arafat" (Arafat Myriad), and the developmental project in Ras Al-Ein, which replaces the old building of Amman Electricity Company, as "The Crafts Market".
Mas'ad maintained that works on the junction and its relevant network of roads is expected to be completed by the end of 2010, at total cost of JD36 million.
Meanwhile, Mas'ad noted that work is underway to organize the new detours for the next stage of Al-Shmeisani junction project which includes building of new bridges along the streets of Queen Noor, Suleiman Al-Nabulsi, and Prince Shaker Bin Zaid.
Mas'ad said that the Municipality has recently released two tenders, one to establish the third cell of Al-Ghabawi landfill at full capacity of 2 million tons, according to the sanitary and health requirements, and the other to build 20 security kiosks out of 50 GAM is planning to build around Amman.
Amman's City Deputy Manager for Public Works also said that the Municipality is expected to conclude the extension of GAM Employees Club's building by the end of this year, noting that a new tender was released to furnish the new building.
The new building of GAM Employees Club and the development project of Abu Darweesh Mosque's square are scheduled to be opened for the public before the end of this year, said Mas'ad.
He pointed out that the Municipality is about to conclude the first phase of King Abdulla II Gardens in Al-Mgabalein, which includes reservoirs and fences. The Municipality will soon release a tender to build infrastructure and sports facilities in the south-eastern part of the gardens. Sports facilities will consist of playgrounds for tennis, soccer, and volleyball, as well as seats, corridors, and green yards.
Another project GAM is about to finish is the development project of Jabal Al-Qal'aa (the Castle Mountain), including main gate, visitor's center, bus stops, corridors, yards and stages for public performances, and lighting.
Mas'ad said that the Municipality has prepared the documents for the tender to design and build Darb Al-Haj Street, east of the Ring Road, with a length of 16 kilometer, to link Al-Sitteen (Sixty) Street in Al-Mawaggar district, with Zarqa Highway.
He noted that the rehabilitation of Al-Hashimiyah square has started recently, including the building of Al-Seil (stream) passage covered by metal awnings on both sides, and equipped with green areas, seating areas, and cafes, in addition to the public square that is being prepared to host art performances and national celebrations.
A two-storey building was also constructed nearby the square, of which the ground floor hosts administration offices, sanitary services, and maintenance cadres, while the first floor comprises a café overlooking the garden, terraces, and a large TV screen to broadcast commercials and documentaries about Amman, as well as the events that take place in the Roman Amphitheater.
In the same context, Mas'ad said the Municipality is currently carrying out the rehabilitation of Zahran Street, starting from the First Circle to the Fifth. The rehabilitation process also includes the surrounding area of the First Circle, particularly pavements of the Rainbow Street and its public yards which will be furnished with seats and lighting.
The south-western part of the Rainbow Street will be renovated to host public gatherings and performances, Mas'ad added. He said that Wihdat bus station (Mujamma'a Al-Janoub) is also being rehabilitated by providing awnings, pavements, seats and fences.
In the meantime, building the crafts market in Ras Al-Ein region is ongoing; it will comprise handicraft stores, cafes, exterior yards, corridors, restaurants, car parking, and administration offices.
GAM has already launched new projects for 2010, including the rehabilitation of Suhaib tunnel/intersection which links streets of Zahran and Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah. This rehabilitation work is estimated at JD1.8 million, and comprises traffic adjustments, rebuilding part of the tunnel to cope up with the flow of traffic resulting from Jordan Gate in Um Uthaina area.
The Municipality will also release a new tender before the end of this year for the first phase of Lane 1 of the "Rapid Bus Transit" project on Queen Rania Street. Lane 1 starts from Sweileh, running through the Northern Bus Terminal, to end at Al-Mahatta area. The tender will only deal with part of this lane, covering about 1200 meters long and extending from the University of Jordan's mosque to the university's hospital.
On his part, the Mayor's Advisor for Regional Affairs, Mahmoud Al-'Armouti highlighted the needs of the residents in the eastern Sahab housing complex, saying that the Municipality has already improved the sanitary conditions in this area, and started the rehabilitation of its streets, pavements and lighting.
Al-'Armouti indicated that GAM has finished the cadastral work for the extension of Khalil Al-Saket Street in Jubeiha, and the rehabilitation of Al-Huda garden in Marka. Another rehabilitation job was also completed at Al-Raya Al-Hashemiyah garden in Jubeiha, comprising the building of a new playground with field turf, and providing the library there with computers to serve the local community.
The Mayor's advisor said that all streets in Qatanah neighborhood of Jubeiha were restored, and a new pedestrian bridge will be established on the area between gates 3 and 4 of the Sports City, along with another bridge near Safeway supermarket alongside Yajouz Street.
Other works included the maintenance of roads and pavements in Dahyet Al-Rawada and Al-Rasheed districts, as well as the completion of Hashem Bin Abed Munaf Street which links Al-Sadeeq neighborhood with Al-Urdun Street.
The Mayor's meeting with Mas'aad also included head of Al-Mgabalein district local committee, Ahmad Al-Muleefi who raised the needs of the residents there. Maani asked the relevant GAM departments to improve the performance of the two traffic lights located on Al-Hurriya (Freedom) Street, as well as installing lighting units in the public gardens. Al-Muleefi said that a new location blueprint was recently developed for Al-Huwayan Circle in Al-Mgabalein, which keeps pace with the new developments in the area.
The Mayor also gave orders to build a pedestrian bridge, either on Al-Quds Street in Ras Al-Ein, or in Marj Al-Hamam area, as required by a traffic study.
Other topics raised in the meeting included these related to Badr district, namely the establishing of new information technology centers, processing wastes of the industrial zone in the district, and conducting a traffic study for the area of Nazzal Mosque.
It is worth mentioning that the Greater Amman Municipality is currently implementing several developmental projects around the Capital, including the rehabilitation of Husban Center of Princess Basma Development Center, extension of Husban IT center, construction of Husban sports club, rehabilitation of North Amman Traffic Building, and the rehabilitation of the old market in Wihdat.
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