Doha Municipality is putting in place a plan to curb the proliferation and spread of unregulated street vendors and roadside markets at different locations within its jurisdiction.
Speaking to local Arabic daily Arrayah, Salim Hammoud al-Shafi, director of municipal control at Doha Municipality, said the plan is being implemented in co-operation with the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The initiative aims to remove all such unregulated street markets and limit the spread of unlicensed vendors, in Doha city in particular and throughout the country in general as part of a larger plan.
This will be done through a number of committees, work teams and joint campaigns to combat such undesired phenomena, according to the official.
Al-Shafi stressed that the campaigns will lay special emphasis on areas that are known to be prone to such phenomena, such as the Industrial Area, Souq Al Haraj, Doha Jadeed and Old Al Ghanim.
He added that the elimination of such practices can only be realised through collaboration between all the parties concerned, including the public.
Regarding the illegal sub-division of some residential buildings in Doha, he said the municipality has been able to eradicate around 85% of this phenomenon and complaints filed against this practice have dropped by almost 95%.
He said the relevant law is strictly enforced on violators, which has helped reduce the number of such cases.
On the other hand, work is currently going on to exempt some areas of Doha from the ban on labourers’ accommodation within residential areas in a way that would not have a negative impact on the families living there, he added.
It could be recalled that the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) had, through announcements published in the local media late last month, called on the owners of residential properties to strictly follow Law No 22 of 2019, which prohibits workers’ camps within family residential areas in Qatar.
It had also announced that any person who violates Law No 8 of 2014, amending some provisions of Law No 4 of 1985 on Organisation of Buildings, shall be penalised.
“Division of residential properties, in any way, is deemed as legal offence, in accordance with the provisions of Law No 8 of 2014,” the MME stressed.
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