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Ashghal news

Written by  Author |   Wed, 16 March 2016 07:07


1) Ashghal to launch major wastewater treatment projects
Ashghal is planning to launch big projects on wastewater treatment aimed at increasing production of high-quality treated water from 183mn m3 to 366mn m3 over the next five years. Speaking at a workshop entitled “Successful Experiences in Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in the GCC”, Ashghal president Nasser bin Ali al-Mawlawi said the major projects include the Sewage Treatment Plant project in Al Thakhira, the fifth package of expansion works for the Doha West Sewage Treatment Plant project, the Doha North Sewage Treatment Plant project, and the second package of the expansion works for Industrial Area Sewage Treatment Plant project.

This is in addition to the major Sewage Treatment Plant project in southern Doha, which will have an operational capacity of 500,000 m3 per day, and will be constructed as part of the Inner Doha Re-sewerage Implementation Strategy (Idris).

Over the past 10 years, Ashghal increased its production of high-quality treated water from 55mn m3 in 2005 to 103mn m3 in 2010, while in 2014 the production of treated wastewater reached 169mn m3, al-Mawlawi said. He said Ashghal has set design standards for treated water produced from main treatment plants.
The standards include multiple processing stages to reach advanced tertiary treatment levels by means of microfiltration membrane technologies, which have higher efficiency than sand filters.
2) Ashghal to build $1 billion hospital in Al Khor

A new hospital, which will have 500 beds and an emergency center, is planned to be built in Al Khor at a cost of whopping QR3.6bn ($1bn). The “New Al Khor Hospital” will have 500 beds, several operation theaters, an emergency unit and Out-Patient Departments (OPD) among other facilities.  

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) will be handling the project. The proposed hospital is slated to begin by mid-2017. Details about the project were disclosed at a community event organized by Ashghal in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning and members of the Central Municipal Council (CMC) at Al Khor Sports Club. 

The event was held for Ashghal to interact with residents of Al Khor and Al Thakhira and their representatives in the CMC to and introduce development projects planned for their localities. 
Ashghal has also announced some new projects apart from new Al Khor hospital. A new health center costing QR230m will be built in Al Khor. The project is expected to start by first quarter (Q1) next year. Another project is to build three mosques. The project costs QR17m and expected to begin from Q1 next year.
3) Ashghal completes first phase of CRM System 
Ashghal has completed the first phase of their Customer Relationship Management System (CRMS), which enhances the services offered to customers. The CRMS is implemented in cooperation with Microsoft. 
CRMS also combines social media channels to create a comprehensive and efficient experience for customers. 
In addition, the Customer Zone at Ashghal headquarters in West bay and Assets Affairs headquarters in Salwa Road, receive customers and offer services under one umbrella effectively and swiftly, including answering enquiries, dealing with complaints and suggestions, receiving service requests and providing and receiving permit forms.
4) Ashghal opens a new signal - controlled intersection 

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ opened a new signal - controlled intersection on New Al Rayyan Road, which diverts traffic from Bin Zaben (Al Mokafaha) Roundabout to the newly built intersection and road. 

On the approach to the new intersection, each arm has three straight-ahead lanes, two left-turn lanes and a dedicated right-turn slip lane.
The opening of the new intersection is expected to ease the traffic congestion that used to take place during peak hours at the old Bin Zaben (Al Mokafaha) Roundabout. Additionally, the new intersection will enhance traffic safety with traffic signals that help organize traffic and facilitate access to different destinations.

This comes as part of Ashghal’s effort to ease traffic congestion in the area throughout the construction period of Al Rayyan Road/ Bu Erayyen Street Interchange. Once complete, the new interchange will be a three-level interchange including, Al Rayyan Road free-flowing through an underpass, local traffic movements using traffic signals at-grade, and Bu Erayyen Street free-flowing through a tunnel underneath Al Rayyan Road underpass.
5) Media meeting to explain the Speed Humps Committee’s work mechanism

The Public Works Authority organised a media meeting for media representatives and the local press in which it presented a comprehensive brief about the work mechanism of the authority’s Speed Humps Committee. The media meeting comes as part of the authority’s keenness to communicate effectively with the local community and media and to provide them with all the answers regarding speed humps as a means of enhancing traffic safety and reducing accidents on roads, especially near residential and commercial establishments. 

Engineer Abdul Aziz Al Sada, Road Safety Advisor in the Public Works Authority, gave a presentation through which he explained the committee’s work mechanism and other topics related to speed humps. Al Sada then opened the floor to journalists’ questions in this regard. 
The roles and responsibilities of the authority’s Speed Humps Committee include studying all types of speed humps, including the speed table and the regular speed hump, studying the existing speed humps’ conditions and their compliance with the required specifications, and making the necessary decisions; whether to remove or reconstruct these speed humps. 
6) Ashghal’s Human Resources Manager Wins the Asian HR Leadership Award 

The Public Works Authority’s Human Resources Manager, Mr. Saif Al Kaabi, has won the Asian HR Leadership Award from non-profit human resources group CHRO Asia. The award was presented to him in recognition of his outstanding achievements and continuous efforts in developing human resources and enhancing capabilities through implementing a range of plans and initiatives that have contributed to enabling the authority’s nearly 2000 employees. 

The recognition comes as a result of Al Kaabi’s continuing efforts to attract and retain Qatari talent and implement individual development plans, in addition to implementing a Succession Planning process to create leadership cadres in the authority. Al Kaabi also led international recruitment campaigns and initiatives to attract qualified and experienced candidates from around the world, with the aim to create a diverse work environment to support Ashghal's rapid development.
The award was presented to Mr. Saif Ali Al Kaabi at an award ceremony at Taj Dubai, UAE. 
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