Building sites should be tightly monitored by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) to ensure compliance with the safety and security regulations, the Central Municipal Council (CMC) recommended at its bi-weekly regular session on Tuesday.
The council stressed that both the owners of such buildings and the contractors in charge should abide by safety measures such as installing a proper fence around the site, a display board with information about the project, and ensuring the compliance of the contractor with all the safety and security measures for the good of passersby and workers.
According to the council, regular and sudden inspection campaigns should be conducted by the concerned entities to ensure that the buildings under construction are not used for any residential, storage or other purposes during the construction phase.
The council also issued recommendations to resolve complaints about drinking water supply to homes and the pipes used for this, in particular the effects of chlorine.
The CMC recommended that Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) should conduct a study to improve the standard specifications applicable for drinking water pipes and lines throughout the country to protect them against erosion.
In addition, samples of drinking water from areas where complaints are made should be tested in laboratory. Also, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce should closely monitor the types of water pipes sold in the country, and Qatar General Organisation for Standards and Metrology should review the standards used for these pipes for more safety.
Regarding the problem of smoking at the entrance and exit of shopping malls, the council asked the Ministry of Public Health to spread awareness on the dangers posed to the health of people as entry and exit points are considered an integral part of shopping malls. Besides, a ministerial decision should designate such areas as no-smoking zones.
The council also asked the MME to allocate land for a playground for residents of Constituency 22, which covers Rawdat Rashed and other places.