DOHA: Residents, businesses and visitors at the wholesale market and Fish Market in Abu Hamour will soon benefit from an extensive programme to overhaul the drainage system in the area.
While the area has developed significantly over the years, the infrastructure needed has not and as a consequence, the wholesale market and Fish Market have continued to suffer storm water overflows in the wintertime and an inefficient septic tank sewerage system.
An additional problem is that waste water from the area has high concentration of salt, making it unsuitable to be discharged into the existing system of public sewers.
To solve these issues and provide better services to residents and visitors, Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has started work on a major infrastructure project to provide surface water drainage and a new foul-water system.
The project also includes the demolition of the existing pumping station and the construction of a new pre-treatment facility and connection to the nearby foul mains network to enable treatment of the high-salt-concentrated water before discharging it. The project is part of a wider proposal by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning for the upgrade and renovation of the Fish Market to improve services provided for the public visiting the wholesale markets.
Along with being a vibrant, commercial fish market that plays a pivotal role in promoting local fish production, the market is part of the daily life in Doha and an important destination for consumers and tourists.
As part of the project, Ashghal will also design, build, test and commission a new storm water drainage system, where water will be collected in a catchment area of 8,000 square metres designed to manage the rainwater drainage for existing and future developments.
Ashghal has made good progress on the project so far, with recently completing the sewerage and storm water drainage networks in and around the Fish Market area.
The works comprise 38 percent of the project which will cost QR18.5m and is estimated to be completed in Q2 of 2015.
Development of drainage and sewerage networks in Fish Market is one of Ashghal’s local roads and drainage projects to develop, improve and enhance infrastructure facilities to meet Qatar’s demand for urban development.