Council backs IHB expansion
PLANS to quadruple the International Hospital of Bahrain (IHB), near Jidhafs, have been given a tentative go-ahead.
The Northern Municipal Council has said yes and the decision has been endorsed in principle by Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs Minister Ali Saleh Al Saleh, pending scrutiny of detailed plans.
Council technical affairs committee chairman Juma Al Aswad said the owners of the hospital had been obliged to provide the council with all necessary information, before final approval is given.
"The project is beneficial to the residents of the Northern Governorate, which the private hospital is located in and others who get their medical treatment there," he said yesterday.
"Mr Al Saleh has asked us to oblige the owners to show us designs with the building heights, proposed entrances and exits and car parks, to ensure that they are studied properly before final approval is given.
"The owners have been already given approval to use their land behind the hospital for the expansion, but they will be required to construct a road there.
"The area is crowded most of the day and entrances and exits are a problem.
"This why the owners have been instructed to find suitable routes to ensure that they don't escalate traffic jams on that road.
"One of the biggest problems today is car parking spaces and we hope that this will be taken into consideration, because we don't want to see anybody parking outside."
Mr Al Aswad said council had been behind the project from the beginning, but owners needed to do more to ensure the project ahead goes without any hurdles. He said it was hoped the owners would submit detailed plans to the council when it resumes work next month.
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