An ordinary meeting of the Central Municipal Council (CMC) on Tuesday called on the authorities to allot land to Qatari investors, with all required services to develop them for commercial, residential and industrial purposes. The meeting also asked to make the allotment process fair and transparent.
The meeting reviewed a letter sent by the Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning H E Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Thani in which he said engineering offices have been set up in new commercial centres as part of a project to set up commercial service centres outside Doha.
The new commercial centres include Lakhteefiya, Al Tarafa, Jariyan, Najeema, Umm Qarn, Al Kheesa, Al Aaab, Al Abeeb, Simaisma and Umm Abairiya. Regarding an earlier CMC proposal to establish multipurpose commercial facilities in residential area and rent them out to the citizens, the Minister said it would be withheld to give time for a detailed study and put a suitable mechanism for implementation.
The civic council also called on the authorities to prepare a study on the mechanism and regulations for land allotment for the purpose of investment to make the process fair and transparent. It also demanded to look into development of vacant land in residential areas for commercial purposes, giving opportunity for Qatari realtors to participate in such projects. CMC member Mohammed bin Saleh Al Khayarin proposed to allot land to Qatari developers free of cost so that they don’t have to go to neighbouring countries seeking investment opportunities.
The allotment should be for a minimum 30 years to develop them for commercial, residential or industrial purposes. This will reduce the burden of high building rents. The meeting also called on the Ministry to develop centres providing various public services in areas outside the city to cater to residents of those areas. Such centres must be established based on a comprehensive study to assess the requirements of each area.
source: The Peninsula
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