His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has instructed the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry to coordinate with the Labour and Social Development Ministry and other competent authorities- each in their capacity, to develop a mechanism to rectify the situation of workers’ accommodation and address the spread of illegal housing in residential neighbourhoods and nearby farms as soon as possible.
The Works Ministry was requested to submit a comprehensive report to the Cabinet, including necessarily the revision of the current procedures and legislation regulating the process regarding licensing of labour housing units, periodic control, and commitment to regulatory, health and safety requirements for shared accommodation.
The aim is to reduce overcrowdedness at labour accommodation, and enforce procedures that protect the safety of the citizens and residents at residential neighbourhoods.
HRH the Prime Minister stressed the importance of making an inventory of shared accommodation buildings that do not meet the requirements, and notifying violating business and real estate owners of the need to rectify their conditions and rehabilitate them properly in order to protect workers’ health and safety, in accordance with the recommendations, decisions and precautionary measures of the National Medical Taskforce to Combat Coronavirus.
HRH Premier’s directives are in line with his unwavering interest in following up on all issues raised by the citizens in the local press, as well as his keenness to ensure them the requirements of comfort and decent living.