In other news, MP Dr Mohammad Al-Huwailah urged the government to allocate the area west of Haddiya to be used for housing purposes. Earlier plans to utilize the piece of land for residential projects stalled when Kuwait Petroleum Corporation objected and said that oil pipes run under the area. MP Huwailah said however that studies showed that 90 percent of the area is suitable to be used to build nearly 4,000 houses. He called Oil Minister Dr. Ali Al-Omair to conduct a survey to determine the areas that can be used for housing welfare.
This comes while Al-Rai reported that the Ministry of Housing Affairs plans to resume coordination with the Ministry of Municipality Affairs with regards to the possibility of including the west Haddiya area to the housing projects’ map. The ministries plan to follow a similar mechanism that helped free an area located south of Saad Al-Abdullah to build around 40,000 housing units despite obstacles found there.
In the meantime, Minister of Housing Affairs Yasser Abul heads a meeting for the Public Authority for Housing Welfare this week to execute the plan to allocate houses in the Mutlaa City which has a capacity of more than 30,000 housing units.
Separately, Al-Anba reported yesterday that the Cabinet, under the prime minister’s directions, plans to study the possibility of amending the Penal Code to introduce tougher penalties against rioting and unlicensed demonstrations. The amendments will be discussed and referred to the parliament at the beginning of the new term, according to a government source quoted in the report.