3/18/2012

BAHRAIN: THREAT TO COASTLINE

GULF DAILY NEWS
By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI

MANAMA: Seaviews in Manama could disappear within 18 years due to plans to reclaim land for investment projects, it has been claimed.
More than 90 per cent of the sea is privately owned and is likely to be turned into developments worth billions of dinars, say councillors.
The area of sea linking the Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Bridge from Mina Salman to Hidd, Shaikh Isa Bridge from the Diplomatic Area to Muharraq and Shaikh Hamad Bridge from Hoora to Muharraq could potentially be affected.
Plans are also in the pipeline to join Seef with Busaiteen and Juffair with Hidd, according to the Manama Municipal Council.
Councillors said much of the country had already been zoned off by the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry as part of its detailed Master Plan 2030.
"We are waving goodbye to our seas as they turn into concrete jungles," warned council vice-chairman Mohammed Mansoor, who called for the government to buy back the land.