Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al- Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications today held a media meeting at Oman Conventions and Exhibitions Center at which he reviewed the general policies and plans of the Ministry for 2018, as part of the Ministry’s implementation of the plans approved by the government for the development and upgrading the services provided by the Ministry.
During the meeting, the Minister of Transport and Communications said that A’Duqm Airport will be opened fully at the second half of this year and that Sohar Airport will remain open for investment by the private sector. Moreover, free zones for the airport and a shipping village will be built at Muscat International Airport. The supply and maintenance buildings, as well as the southern runway at Muscat International Airport will continue.
‘ Two lanes will be added to Bidbid /Al Rusayl road and the fourth part of Wadi Al Uqq road from A’Sharqiyah Express Road will be opened. The Diba/Lima/Khasab road project will be awarded and the tender for linking A’Dhahirah to Sohar Port through a dual carriageway (Hafeet/Saa) and Ibri ring road, will be also floated, he added.
‘ As for land transport, the meter system will be activated at all Taxis in the Sultanate and 10 lines will be added to Mowasalat busses in Muscat. The licenses and the regulations regularizing land transport will be issued through an electronic system and a public company that will carry out these tasks on behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Communications’, he furthered.
” As for the ports and logistics, we will continue offering Shinas Port and Khasab Port for private investment. We will also activate the role of Marafea in the management of local terminals in A’Suwaiq, Shinas, Khasab, Shannah/Masirah port. A’Suwaiq port will also operate as a commercial port. The rock export capacity of Sohar Port and Salalah Port will be increased to 15 MT per annum each. The handling capacity will be also increased by not less than 10% compared to last year. A system for the ports will be activated and competiveness of the free zones will be enhanced. There will be also a program to follow the academic programs and training at the logistic sector.
He pointed out that during this year, a license has been granted to a third operated with already started operations. The IT&C strategy and the National e-Commerce Strategy have been completed, in addition to initiating the second stage of the satellite project (floating implementation tender), he concluded.
Eng. Salim bin Mohammed al- Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Transport said that work is underway to implement 27 key projects including 25 asphalt road projects and 3 dust road projects the total length of which is 943 km at a cost of about RO1.3 billion. About 342 km of asphalt roads will be completed this year.
On his part, Said bin Hamdoon al- Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry for Ports and Maritime Affairs made a presentation on the ports and marine affairs sector, in addition to the ferries traffic between Shannah and Khasab.
During the meeting, Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser al- Za’abi, CEO of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) reviewed PACA plans and pointed out that the new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport will be officially opened on March 20th. The event will be preceded by opening the air cargo building on March 19th. During 2018, the supply and aircraft maintenance buildings will be completed and the tender for rehabilitating the southern runway will be awarded.
Source: Oman News Agency