Dh500 fine for littering tourist spots in Ras Al Khaimah
New system to divert rainwater in RAK.
Heavy showers are expected here in the northern emirate as winter continues across the country.
Ahmed Al Hammadi, director-general of the department of public works, said two new bridges, known as abbaras, have been built on the rainwater currents close to the deep valleys and mountainous areas in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK).
"We have recently built two abbaras at the Al Beeh Valley and plan to build two more at the same area, let alone three abbaras at the valleys of the southern areas of the emirate."
These abbaras will help avoid the impact of the heavy showers on the roads at or close to the currents and streams of these valleys, he added.
"The heavy rains have negatively affected the farms and houses adjacent to these valleys, mainly after the accumulated rocks and trees have diverted the direction of some of them."
An international company has been assigned to find the most suitable solutions to the seasonal showers, which always have a bad impact on the residents here, particularly in the southern areas of the emirates, he added.
"The locations of the new rain bridges have been well studied to protect the people against the floods in this winter season."
The new abbaras consist of a network of three long pipes, 250m each and 50cm in diameter, he said.
"The three tubes start at the regular rainwater ponds and low-level area where most of the water accumulates away from the residents' houses."
"The water will be added to the underwater reservoir and curb the problem of the road cuts."
The southern areas are known for their scenic views, which attract a big number of residents and tourists, particularly in winter to enjoy the fine weather and awesome views as well.
The department has also purified all the rainwater currents of the valleys across the emirate to clear the way for the showers and avoid any blockage due to the accumulation of rocks or trees, or diversion of the stream direction, Al Hammadi said.
"More attention has been given to the hotspots in the Al Dheit and Khuzam areas, as these particular areas include a big number of business and residential properties."
The department has further intensified environmental patrols to monitor land and mountainous areas in the emirate, particularly Jebel Jais, and curb violations, he said.
"These inspections are meant to protect the environment against littering," he said, urging visitors to keep these tourist places clean. "Littering at these tourist sites and places shall draw a fine of Dh500."
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