Sharjah to classify construction firms, subcontractors

Committee set up to impose fines for violation of building safety measure

Sharjah will create a permanent committee for monitoring high-rise and multi-storey buildings and also for the classification of construction firms and subcontractors, said a press statement on Thursday.

The Director General of Sharjah Municipality will chair the permanent committee that will invite the membership of representatives from Sharjah Police, Civil Defense and other authorities recommended by the Executive Council.

According to an order issued by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the committee will be responsible for developing emergency inspection controls and ensuring the implementation of these stipulations in accordance with federal and local legislations. The committee shall arrange for high rise and multi-storey buildings to be regularly maintained by the owner or his representative and enforce any sanctions it deems appropriate.

The permanent committee of the assessment and classification of construction contractors and subcontractors will be also chaired by the Director General of Sharjah Municipality, with membership of Municipalities Directors as well as other authorities recommended by the Executive Council.

This committee shall review any contractors’ classification systems that are currently in force and update them periodically. It will also conduct the re-evaluation and classification of licensed contractors and monitor building contractors to ensure their compliance with the legislation and regulations.

Hassan Al Ameen, Legal Adviser to the Government of Sharjah, announced the decrees on behalf of His Highness Ruler of Sharjah through the Direct Line show broadcast via Sharjah Radio and TV. He assured that such decisions were for the interest of the public and based on the request of the citizens.

Sultan Abdullah Al Mualla, Director General of Sharjah Municipality, said that the decisions of His Highness will be implemented with immediate effect, when it would become mandatory for building owners and developers to correct any imbalance that may risk the safety and maintenance of the facilities.

 

Debts and funeral costs of deceased nationals

Deceased Sharjah-based UAE nationals with outstanding loans will have their debts and funeral costs paid off following a decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

With immediate effect, the Department of Suburbs and Villages has been authorized to address the financial issues and handle all aspects of funeral services to ease the burden on Emirati families.

Khamis bin Salem Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Department of Suburbs and Villages and member of the Executive Council of Sharjah, hailed the noble gesture.

 

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