The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently signed a service-delivery agreement with the Dubai Municipality governing the streamlining of issuing work permits for any engineering works relating to excavating the bottom of Dubai Creek. The agreement also covers the drilling of any wells to extract subterranean waters, in order to clearly identify the tasks of the respective parties—particularly those within the right-of-way of the rail track tunnels stretching underneath the Dubai Creek.
The service-delivery agreement was signed by the CEO of the RTA Rail Agency, Adnan Ahmed Al Hammadi, and the Assistant General Manager for Health, Safety and Environment Sector at the Dubai Municipality.
Al Hammadi praised the cooperation of the two public entities with regards to the public interest.
He said, “This agreement provides for the Rail Agency, represented by the Rail Right-Of-Way, to issue permits and NOCs to carry out works that fall within the right-of-way of the Dubai Creek, be it the drilling of subterranean wells or any engineering works concerned with excavations in the bed of the Creek.
The Environment Department at the Dubai Municipality will accordingly issue the required permits to applicants before the commencement of works.”
At the signing of the agreement between the two respective parties, Al Hammadi also explained the importance of maintaining joint cooperation between the two entities, in carrying out intensive monitoring tasks of the engineering activities that fall within the rail right-of-way in their respective fields.
He stated that this cooperation between the Roads and Transport Authority and the Dubai Municipality will be maintained through various objectives, such as the smooth and efficient exchanging of information, instant receipt of any complaints made, and coordination in reporting any contraventions. These measures will, in turn, contribute towards the enhancement of security, and establishing of streamlined processes aligned with the required quality standards.
“Through this agreement, the Agency is endeavouring to achieve the intended objectives of promoting joint initiatives between public and private entities, engaging in joint ventures related to the protection of the rail right-of-way installations, ensuring the speedy processing and implementation of the provisions of the agreement, and working with the Dubai Municipality to develop future initiatives for the improvement of services,” Al Hammadi added.