HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani has visited the Mesaimeer Interchange Upgrade project and Citizens Subdivisions Development projects in the south of Doha.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the progress of works in both projects.

He stressed that the citizens' subdivisions are the top priority of the government under the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, as the Amir clarified in his recent address to the Shura Council.

The Prime Minister urged speedy completion of infrastructure projects, especially projects related to the development of citizens' subdivisions, expressing happiness about the participation of Qatari engineers in the implementation of all projects under Ashghal, and stressing the role of Qatari youth in building their country.

Public Works Authority (Ashghal) president Dr Saad bin Ahmed al-Muhannadi said that Ashghal strives to complete the Mesaimeer Interchange development project.

He pointed out that more than 65% of the project is complete, including the development of Mesaimeer Interchange and parts of roads connected to the interchange, such as Rawdat Al Khail Street, Industrial Area Road, E Ring Road and Doha Expressway, comprising a total of 6.1km roadworks.

Ashghal officials with HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani during his visit to one of the projects.

Al-Muhannadi recalled that the first tunnel of the Mesaimeer Interchange was opened to traffic in October this year, six months ahead of schedule, and said other parts will be opened soon, with the project scheduled for completion next year.

The new three-level interchange is the first of its kind in Qatar and it includes nine tunnels to provide free flow traffic.

The 6.1km long interchange consists of three to four lanes in each direction to accommodate about 20,000 vehicles per hour in both directions.

Al-Muhannadi pointed out that Ashghal is committed to its integrated plan to serve the citizens' subdivisions as a top priority.

Work is ongoing in several areas such as Al Wukair South, Al Ebb, Leabaib, Al Kharaitiyat, West Muaither and other areas to provide services to more than 16,500 residential subdivisions.

Ashghal is also working tendering similar projects to serve 12 areas in the state covering 16,900 subdivisions.

Ashghal's Highway Projects department manager Bader Darwish said that the Mesaimeer Interchange directly connects with Al Thumama Stadium and facilitates ease of access to Al Janoub Stadium.

He clarified that works are progressing to complete the interchange before the much-awaited World Cup begin.

He said that the new interchange would significantly improve traffic and save more than 70% of travel time.

Ashghal Road Projects department manager Saud al-Tamimi said that Ashghal is taking over the development of new and existing citizens' residential subdivisions as a top priority, with projects to serve 12 areas covering 16,900 subdivisions, including Al Wajbah East, Duhail, Umm Lekhba, Rawdat Al Jahhaniya, Semaisma and Jeryan Najima among others.

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