The Ministry of Public Works needs at least KD100 million for the maintenance of roads – twice the amount earmarked by the Engineering Sector in previous years.
Sources said the deterioration of roads and highways necessitates the concerted efforts of all concerned authorities, especially in terms of allocating the budget since a huge amount is needed to complete the work in a timely manner. The ministries of Social Affairs, Labor and Finance had earlier agreed on KD150 million for a period three years, starting from the current fiscal year.
However, the contracts have yet to be implemented despite the fact that only one month is left in the current fiscal year.
Sources also pointed out that the signing of maintenance contracts usually takes several months, unless there is an emergency.