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Lawmaker labels Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh land of outlaws

KUWAIT: Describing Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh as a land of outlaws and total chaos, MP Majed Al-Mutairi yesterday sent a series of questions to the state minister for municipality affairs about government plans for the densely-populated areas for expatriates.

The lawmaker said that the area, which is home to tens of thousands of expatriates, a majority of whom are Asian, looks like an area from a totally different world despite its highly important strategic location near the international airport, the new university and the country’s main sports stadium. With its random and chaotic markets which disrupt traffic, the area has become a slum area like the residential areas being removed from major Arab cities, he said.

The area is also crowded with single expat unskilled laborers many of whom are law violators, making the area home to outlaws, said Mutairi, adding that construction organization is almost absent from the area making it extremely difficult for any future plan to develop the area.

The lawmaker asked the minister about proposed government plans to resolve the problems of Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and the main difficulties facing its execution. He also asked if the ministry has any plans to remove the unlicensed random road markets and if the government has any plans to revamp the whole area. Mutairi asked the minister about the number of single men living in the area and why the ministry has not penalized landlords who lease their buildings to bachelors in violation of the law.

Meanwhile, MPs criticized the government yesterday for failing to make the necessary repairs for the roads hit by last year’s flooding and for not paying compensation to people whose property was damaged. MP Yousef Al-Fadhalah said the minister of public works has said that road repairs will be completed in December this year which is a long delay, adding that many roads are not in the best shape. MP Mohammad Al-Hadiya held the ministry officials responsible for failing to develop roads in the country to the best international standards.

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