DOHA: The Central Municipal Council (CMC) wants companies not to let all their workers take a weekly day off on Fridays as the civic body says it leads to crowding in some areas of Doha.
Companies should instead allow a weekly day off only to half their workers on Fridays and let the others have their sabbatical on some other day of the week.
The civic body has presented the proposal to the government—the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning.
The debate on the workers’ issue was opened in the House by member Mubarak Fraish at its regular session last Tuesday.
Fraish said it was a matter of grave concern that such huge crowds of low-income workers gather in places like Grand Hamad Road on Fridays and threaten law and order and hygiene.
They litter the place putting pressure on public cleaning services, and can spread communicable diseases. Besides, policing them becomes necessary.
The CMC has urged the authorities that specific places be earmarked for their gathering on the weekends and these places should be closer to exchange houses and commercial areas.
“Most of the workers throng Grand Hamad Street because it is close to exchange companies and commercial areas,” said the CMC. It has also asked authorities to allot areas, as announced earlier, in Doha, Al Khor, Al Shamal, Umm Salal and Al Wakra for workers’ gatherings on the weekends.
The CMC has also said that one day of the week should be reserved for workers in public parks and on that day families should not be let in.
There is an old graveyard area near Grand Hamad Street, said the CMC. That should be developed and reserved exclusively for the low-income workers for their weekend gatherings. There are more than 80,000 registered companies in the country.