2020.12.26 – 19:54
Baghdad – People
The Mayor of Baghdad, Architect Alaa Maan, announced the imminent launch of a “broad” campaign to develop Baghdad’s commercial, cultural and historical center, under the supervision of the Prime Minister and the support of the President of the Republic.
A statement by the secretariat, which “people” received a copy of (December 26, 2020), stated that “the coming weeks will witness the initiation of a major development campaign for the capital’s center from Tahrir Square to the Al-Bab Al-Mostam area in cooperation with the owners of commercial, heritage and cultural shops.”
Maan added, “The opinion committee decided to unify the activities of every commercial market and heritage street in the region and not grant any approval or permission in violation of the activities of each market while organizing these markets, preserving their heritage identity, carrying out restoration, maintenance and rehabilitation operations, removing their excesses on the sidewalks and preventing extraneous activities on them as it will become a street.” Al-Mutanabi is a market for selling books and publishing houses, and the Serail market for stationery, the goldsmiths market for jewelry, gold and saffron for exhibits, copper artifacts, and pumice for the sale of Abay and Shorja for perfumery, spices and spinning for the sale and display of animals.
“The development process will start from Al-Mutanabbi Street, as it is one of the most important cultural centers, by unifying the facades and billboards for shops and roofing the street, with vendors equipped with carts to display books with unified and distinctive designs, with the support of a number of donors and coordination with the security authorities by not allowing wheels and bicycles to enter except for emergency wheels,” he added.
He explained that “the Municipality of Baghdad will launch a campaign in early 2021 to eliminate sidewalks in cooperation with shop owners to reduce this phenomenon that distorted the urban landscape of the city, as well as preparing a study to prepare alternative sites for street vendors,” noting that “this procedure will be followed by a major campaign to clean up areas The capital, in cooperation with citizens, holds awareness-raising activities with the participation of community organizations, community police and youth volunteer teams to spread a culture through which citizens contribute to maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of their areas. The campaign will also witness the removal of all waste collection sites from city squares and neighborhoods.
The Mayor of Baghdad stressed that “all municipal departments shall not tolerate construction violations, as they inflict heavy damage on the infrastructure, and impose strict penalties against departments that allow these violations to continue.”
He added that “another campaign will be launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Municipalities to cover most of the capital’s streets, relying on solid international companies.”
He explained that “an integrated study has been prepared to initiate development of the infrastructure of the city of Baghdad and the advancement of its service status through important strategic projects that will be submitted with recommendations to the Council of Ministers for approval.”
He stressed that “the coming days will witness the approval of the comprehensive development plan for the city of Baghdad, and in turn, it will determine the use of land and the important projects for the capital.”