Revived efforts are needed to put infrastructure projects in Lebanon’s capital back on track, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said. “Work must be stepped up on projects that will be implemented across the capital, as we can no longer allow delays to citizens’ needs being met,” the premier said during a conference Wednesday night that sought to establish priorities for improving Beirut’s infrastructure.
“Beirut is supposed to have the best and most advanced infrastructure in all areas: roads, water, electricity, sanitation,” Hariri’s top development adviser Fadi Fawaz said, according to a statement from the premier’s office.
“The people of Beirut are hungry for these services. … Everyone has to cooperate in order to achieve these things,” he added.
Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani then took to the stage, outlining the key projects planned for revitalizing the city’s infrastructure and accessibility, starting with the construction of parking lots.
In Ashrafieh, Corniche al-Mazraa and Ras Beirut, the municipality plans to build multistory car parks, while underground lots are set to be constructed under Geitawi’s Jesuit Gardens, Moseitbeh’s Grand Mufti Hasan Khaled Gardens, Downtown’s Martyrs’ Square and Bir Hasan’s Resistance and Liberation Square.
The statement added that projects were being prepared to restore public gardens across the city, improve the safety of pedestrian crosswalks and upgrade the Beirut Fire Brigade, among dozens of other initiatives.
The most important thing now, the prime minister said, was to “set a calendar for all stages of implementation” of the projects and coordinate between the governorate of Beirut and its municipal council.
The Daily Star