‘Firms must provide suitable housing for workers’
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 6: The Director General of the Kuwait Municipality, Engr Ahmed Al-Manfouhi, explained the procedures and steps currently being taken in cooperation with other government agencies to evacuate the singles from the private and typical housing areas, reports Al- Rai daily.
The daily revealed yesterday the readiness of the Municipality to provide major projects for the construction of temporary housing. “The government has mandated the Public Authority for Civil Information to take the appropriate measures to prevent the issuance of civil IDs to ‘bachelors’ if the address falls within the areas of private and model housing,”
Al-Manfouhi said during a video presentation to the Ministerial Committee. He pointed to the existence of previous government recommendations to allocate the land necessary for the establishment of temporary housing for the workers of companies, in coordination with the Public Authority for Industry.
He added the Council of Ministers has tasked the Public Authority for Manpower in coordination with all government agencies to allowing contracting companies on government projects to provide suitable housing for workers, within the area allocated for the project, until the completion of labor cities.
“The low-income working class in the country constitutes a large proportion of the society which has led to the emergence of unorganized and unhealthy housing communities and the transformation of residential areas into areas that are not favored by families,” Al-Manfouhi said. He pointed out that the problem of housing singles in the midst of residential neighborhoods is like a ticking time bomb and stressed the Municipality must address this phenomenon by finding an alternatives and building housing for workers.