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Baghdad today - Babylon
Despite the approval of the budget for the current year, in addition to the next two years, the main projects to be completed after the budget enters into force are still at a standstill, which has become one of the main features of the post-2003 period.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
The representative of Babil Governorate, Thamer Dhiban Al-Hamdani, described the financial budget allocated to the governorates as good, and the delay in project completion this year cannot be justified by the lack of allocations, while he called for diversifying project plans to include all sectors and services.
Al-Hamdani said, in an interview with "Baghdad Today", "The financial sums allocated in the general budget to the governorates are good, and they enable governors and departments to carry out their duties in service and projects to the fullest extent, and no governor or department director can be unable to do so without the allocations."
Al-Hamdani added, “There was an objection to some of the projects implemented in previous budgets in the governorates, including Babylon, because they focused on rural roads, and great damage occurred in city centers,” stressing that “there should be diversity in projects to include all sectors and fields and not neglect them.” Any sector, and give priority to infrastructure projects, schools, health centers, water stations, and electricity networks, which have major problems and shortages from which citizens in Babil Governorate suffer.”
The Governor of Babylon, Engineer Wissam Aslan Al-Jubouri, had confirmed in previous press statements that about 300 previously stalled projects, some dating back to 2006, will resume work on all of them, indicating that the 60th Street development project was referred to the Turkish company Nim, which is one of the good companies, and all our referrals will be for projects. Important and strategic for companies of this level, as the project will change the appearance of the city and connect a rare bridge to a four-sided Batta bridge with electric bridges and sidewalks.
The Babylonian representative confirmed: “There is a good plan for projects drawn up in the governorate, in coordination with the heads of administrative units and departments, and under the supervision of members of the House of Representatives for the governorate, and it will be implemented during this year,” pointing out that “the problems of financing, capacity, and lagging completion rates are plaguing all governorates, not just Babylon Governorate.” “The project files are delayed in the Ministry of Planning before they reach the Ministry of Finance in order to disburse their funds, and this negatively affects the progress of work and completion.”
Al-Hamdani stated, “There are specialized committees in the governorate that undertake the task of evaluating companies and their compliance with conditions and controls in terms of financial capacity and similar businesses, and the general budget law grants the governor the authority to select companies and direct referral to them in an amount not exceeding (6) billion dinars, and we call for the selection of companies.” Sober, even though we have not yet indicated any defect in these referrals.”
In a press conference with the Governor of Babylon, last August, the Minister of Planning, Muhammad Tamim, said, “We discussed Babylon projects and focused on the lagging projects,” stressing “Babil Governorate’s need for an urban renaissance.”
He added: "We were directed to address all projects, and that the new plan depends on the government program, and we will provide all special assistance to Babylon at all levels."
He pointed out, "The Ministry of Planning is ready to send a special staff to Babil Governorate to address all problems," stressing by saying: "We will end a file called lagging projects."
Statistics from the Ministry of Planning indicate that there are 1,452 stalled projects throughout the country.
Ministry spokesman Abdul Zahra Al-Hindawi explained to the official Al-Sabah newspaper that the projects are distributed among basic sectors: transportation and communications, the buildings and services sector, the agriculture and industry sector, in addition to the regional development program.
According to Al-Hindawi, these projects were classified by the Ministry according to completion rates, so that the first category is for projects whose completion rate is 10 percent or less, the second category is from (10 - 50) percent, and the third is from 50 percent and upwards.
The spokesman confirms that the cumulative spending on all these projects exceeded ten trillion dinars, to which are added the losses resulting from the state of damage and extinction that befell these projects due to their cessation for years.
Source: Baghdad Al-Youm + Agencies