180-200 abandoned cars have been detected in the area
Some 200 cars have been removed so far in Doha Municipality, where the campaign began
Around 4,800 abandoned vehicles have been removed from different parts of Qatar so far this year

A joint campaign to remove abandoned cars from different areas in Al Sheehaniya Municipality kicked off on Monday.

The campaign is being carried out by the Committee for Removing Abandoned Vehicles in co-operation with Al Sheehaniya Municipality, the Mechanical Equipment Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and the security authorities concerned, the official Qatar News Agency reported.

The initiative is in line with the MME's ongoing efforts to curb this phenomenon, implement Law No 18 of 2017 on public hygiene and prevent damage to health and the environment.

A number of officials were present on the occasion, representing the Committee for Removing Abandoned Vehicles, Al Sheehaniya Municipality, the Mechanical Equipment Department and the departments concerned at the Ministry of Interior, the MME said in a statement.

Al Sheehaniya Municipality director Jaber al-Jaber stressed that the campaign comes within the framework of maintaining the aesthetic and civil appearance of public places with the municipality.

He noted that the campaign will continue in co-operation with the relevant parties until the removal abandoned cars from the area is completed. Thanking the participants of the campaign, he called on the owners of violating vehicles to remove such cars as soon as possible.

The deputy head of the Committee for Removing Abandoned Vehicles, Saleh Hassan al-Kuwari, said the campaign targets abandoned vehicles found within the administrative boundaries of Al Sheehaniya Municipality and is being implemented in co-operation with security agencies such as the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) and the General Directorate of Traffic.

He said the committee, in co-operation with the municipality, had pasted stickers on abandoned vehicles seeking their removal within three days. It also reviewed the procedures involved and finalised preparations before launching the campaign.

Al-Kuwari said the campaign was launched in Doha Municipality recently, where about 200 vehicles had been removed and work was still under way.

It has now begun in Al Sheehaniya Municipality and other municipalities will be covered in the coming period, he added.

Marzouq al-Mesaifir, assistant director of the Mechanical Equipment Department who is also a member of the committee, said about 180-200 abandoned cars have been detected within the boundaries of Al Sheehaniya Municipality.

He noted that the number of vehicles removed by the committee since the beginning of the year has reached about 4,800 in different parts of the country.

The committee removes about 12,000 vehicles annually, he added.

The abandoned cars removed during the campaign will be taken to the Al Mashaf and Mesaimeer impound yards.

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