Ashghal's biggest project 'Al Wadi Park Natural Reserve' completes development works
The Al Wadi Park Natural Reserve located in Al Wajba East has completed its development works.
This was announced by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) in cooperation with the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar.
An event held on Monday, February 14, 2022, witnessed the announcement and a tour through the Al Wadi Reserve with attendees planting Qatari wild plant seeds of different varieties.
The reserve included an area of 102,000 m2 trees of local species such as Lycium Barbarum, Ziziphus Spina-Christi, Acacia Tortilis, Boswellia Sacra, Acacia Ampliceps, Albizia Lebbeck (Ficus), Jerusalem Thorn, and more suitable in the natural environment of Qatar were planted.
Natural reserves help maintain sustainable wildlife, develop environmental stability in natural areas, resist drought, protect soil from erosion and decrease carbon emissions.
The project's construction works include pedestrian, bicycle, and jogging paths of 1.1 km to encourage sporting activities in a natural and healthy environment.
Al Wadi Park Natural Reserve plays a major role in maintaining the ecological balance and protection of wildlife and plants, said Eng. Saoud Ali Al Tamimi, Roads Projects Department Manager at Ashghal.
A great deal of importance is given to the wildlife and natural habitats through, developing, preserving, and protecting wildlife from extinction, said Eng. Muhammad Arqoub Al Khaldi, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar.
Features of Al Wadi Park Natural Reserve project in Al Wajba East, implemented by #Ashghal in cooperation with Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in #Qatar pic.twitter.com/4ogkKOUuak— هيئة الأشغال العامة (@AshghalQatar) February 14, 2022
The major works implemented include improving green areas by planting 863 trees with lines for the irrigation network. Along with constructing a 1.5 km metal fence around the reserve and three gates to the North, South, and East for ease of access. Other features include benches, bicycle parking areas, an advanced lighting system, and two prayer areas, said Eng. Fahad Al Otaibi, Head of Western Areas Projects at Ashghal's Roads Projects Department.
Eng. Maryam Al Kuwari, Project Design Manager at the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, said: “Pedestrian, jogging and bicycle paths were implemented without affecting the valley’s path and its rainwater stream since more than 90% of the excavation works were carried out manually.”
Ali Talib Al-Hanzab, an Environmental Activist, said: "The natural reserve includes all kinds of Qatari wild plants, which tolerate high temperatures and saline soil. We hope to implement the project idea in all regions of Qatar. For our part, we will contribute to providing seedlings of Al-Arfaj, Al-Ramth, Al-Abal, and Al-Markh and planting them at the beginning of next season.”
This project along with Ashghal and its parties is part of the Roads and Infrastructure Project in Al Wajba East (Package 1), which was implemented in Q3 of 2020.
The project is also constructing a 17 km road network to improve traffic flow connecting with future public facilities in the area. This is in addition to providing traffic safety elements such as street lighting systems and poles, directional signs, and road marking.
The project also includes 34 km of shared pedestrian and cycle paths and 2,570 parking areas.
The project’s infrastructure service work includes a 14-km-long sewage network, a 16.6-km surface, and groundwater drainage network, a 10.7-km TSE network, and extending potable water pipes connected to the main drinking water network.
The project serves 368 citizens’ subdivisions in Al-Wajba East and is expected to be completed in Q2 of 2023 with the progress of works exceeding 40% progress until now.
The project plans to maintain its framework of supporting Qatari manufacturers by purchasing materials such as lighting lamps, directional signs, sewage and rainwater drainage pipes, asphalt, prefabricated manholes, concrete, and steel reinforcement with a target of local components to reach 70% of the project’s work.
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