Rail works exempted from building rules

January 02, 2014 - 6:46:18 am
Doha: The Cabinet approved yesterday a draft law exempting works of the railways network project from the enforcement of rules of Law No. 4 of 1985 on the regulation of buildings.

The weekly session chaired by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani at the Emiri Diwan, decided to refer the draft law to the Advisory Council.

Following the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud said the exemption was due to the special nature and strategic importance of the railways network as a national project.

According to the draft law, the network project include works in  the protected areas. 

Qatar Railways Company (Rail) shall assume all power vested in the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning as per the Law No. 4 of 1985 with regard to works, particularly the issuance of licences for works and its protected areas, identifying conditions for their allocation and renewal, taking necessary legal procedures, controlling and supervising them and the issuance of regulations in coordination with government bodies.

The Cabinet also approved Qatar’s third and fourth reports on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 2013, prepared by the committee set up by a Cabinet decision under the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.

The session endorsed the hosting of the 12th annual meeting of the Association of Tax Authorities of Islamic Countries in Doha in 2015. It took measures for the signing and endorsement of the statute of the Higher Arab Legacy Authority. 

The authority is a non-governmental organisation working within the framework of the Arab League to establish a unified structure to collect Arab ancient and contemporary literary and scientific works in the form of a text data base and make it available for concerned people, researchers and students worldwide through its website.

The Cabinet reviewed a letter from the Minister of Economy and Trade on the outcome of the 48th meeting of the GCC Trade Cooperation Committee in Riyadh in October 2013 and a letter from the Minister of Communications on the outcome of the 26th session of the Arab Transport Ministers Council in Alexandria in October 2013 and took appropriate decisions. QNA

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