The projects cover Musaffah and Mohammad Bin Zayed City and include reservoirs, irrigation networks and pumping stations as well as sports grounds. Image Credit: Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Municipality

Abu Dhabi: More than Dh470 million is being invested in the development of infrastructure projects for the capital’s southern areas, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City announced on Saturday.

The projects in the southern areas of Abu Dhabi mainland, which cover Musaffah and Mohammad Bin Zayed City, include the construction of internal roads, parks, sports courts, reservoirs, irrigation networks and pumping stations, said Musabbah Al Murar, acting general manager at the municipality.

“Developing the city’s infrastructure is a key priority and a strategic objective in our agenda, as our wise leaders attach the greatest importance to the access of modern facilities for the community,” Al Murar added.

Among these initiatives is a Dh200 million project to construct internal roads within Mohammad Bin Zayed City. The investment will be used to develop roads, improve the soil, build pavements and parking lots, finish road markings, install traffic signs and set up access ways to all land plots.

A street lighting network and seven electric transformer substations will also be set up. At the same time, water, firefighting and drainwater networks will also be expanded, while communication, irrigation and power networks will be built.

“This first phase of works began in January 2015, along with the provision of roadworks to 150 plots. About 70 per cent has already been finished, and we expect this phase to wrap up by June 2016,” Al Murar said.

In the second phase, similar facilities will be extended to 182 more plots.

Other key projects in the suburb focus on the enhancement of green spaces and recreational facilities. To that end, parks that are developed will include multi-purpose playgrounds, sports courts, bathrooms, seating areas and shaded pavements. A budget of Dh45 million has been set aside for these initiatives.

A Dh16.5 million residential park has already been set up over an area spanning 19,662 square metres in Mohammad Bin Zayed City. It will serve as a space for relaxation for those occupying 468 land plots. A second park costing Dh11 million has also been constructed, and it is spread over 14,000 square metres.

The third park is about 12,000 square metres in size, and is being built at a cost of Dh11 million. The municipality has also awarded the contract for a fourth park that will cover 5,023 square metres and cost Dh6.6 million.

Since last year, the municipality has been prioritising the upgrade and development of greenery and public places. As reported by Gulf News, it has already refurbished a number of public parks on Abu Dhabi island, including Capital Garden and Khalidiya Garden, and is continuing to develop residential parks all around downtown Abu Dhabi, as well as in neighbourhoods on the mainland.