The Public Works Authority (Asghal) aims to address the challenge of building local roads by awarding a programme management contract for whole of Qatar, manager of the design department for roads and drainage at Ashghal, Jamal al-Kaabi told the MEED Qatar Transport 2011 conference on 7 June.

“For the last 20-30 years, 80 per cent of our roads have been temporary,” Al-Kaabi said. “This is our attempt to do it properly once and for all.”

Asghal is prequalifying companies for the national local road programme management contract. “We only want the best,” Al-Kaabi said.

“The local road programme manager will develop the policy and strategy and make sure everyone building local roads is doing their job properly so that no area will look different to another area,” Al-Kaabi said. “I need to have someone with experience to run this programme.”

Asghal plans to award four local road programme management contracts for the whole of Qatar that will be monitored by the national local road programme manager. These will be for Doha north, Doha west, Doha south and one for all the rest of Qatar.

“The programme managers for each area will do designs that will cover water, sewage, telecommunications, street lighting, bicycle lanes, pavements for pedestrians, signals, roundabouts and so on,” Al-Kaabi said. “They will do the design and then supervise the construction of the projects. Each of the four areas might have 10, 15 or 30 contractors.”