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Sharjah to shift Abu Shagara used car market

Afkar Abdullah / 24 May 2010

The Sharjah Municipality has decided to shift the used car market to Al Ruqha Al Hamrah, thus reviving the plans that had been shelved earlier.

The plan was put on hold due to the high cost involved in the project and ongoing construction projects around the proposed area.

The move will involve increasing the area and adopting a new design which will allow accommodation of 600 used cars show rooms existing in Abu Shagara.

Speaking exclusively to Khaleej Times, Sultan Al Mualla, Director General of Sharjah Municipality, said that the initial project was cancelled and the civic body is currently studying the new designs and ways of shifting the market in Abu Shagara.

The municipality will soon call for tenders following the approval of designing of the project. He said the construction of a multi-storey car park and the new used cars market in Al Ruqha Al Hamrah is aimed at solving problems faced by the residents of Abu Shagara. “The municipality is working towards quick execution of these projects, following several complaints received from the residents of Abu Shagara, on the traffic and parking woes faced daily,” he said.

Residents of Abu Shagara expressed their satisfaction at the news. “The area is no longer good for living. Already, a large number of people have moved to other areas. It’s now very polluted, noisy, crowded and unsafe for families,” said Salah AL Tyeb, resident of the area.

Nimat Ahmed, another resident of Sharjah, said she is tired of waiting for the municipality promising to shift the used cars market from the locality. She has complained that parking problems persist in Abu Shagara despite the Sharjah Municipality’s efforts to introduce parking meters and other facilities.

She pointed out that companies dealing in used cars located in the neighbourhood continue to occupy almost all parking spaces in the area. Hence, she is sometimes forced to look for parking space far away from her building.

The owners of used cars show rooms also welcomed the opening of used cars market file and urged the municipality to execute the project as quickly as possible, as it has been delayed for two years.

Mohammed Amjad, owner of Al Hikmah Used Cars showroom said that the completion of the new used market is the only solution to protect the business. “This is a residential area in which more than 500 used cars showrooms are doing business. The residents are suffering a lot and the owners of the showrooms are losing money. The municipality towes away cars and fines me Dh500 and Dh300 as recovery fee.”

“I ended up paying a lot of money which made me lose out not only on my profit, but also my capital. The cars were parked on the road as the space given to me by the municipality was not enough for display,” he said.

Siddiqi Rahman, owner of Al Taqwa showroom, said, “We hope not to hear that the project of new used cars market is delayed again due to the financial crisis or some other issue. It’s very difficult for us to keep the business running in this situation, because the little profit we make goes in the payment of fines to the municipality which tows our cars away daily.”

 afkarali@khaleejtimes.com

 

 
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