Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Municipality have signed an agreement for the smooth operation, maintenance and improvement of the Dubai Tram.

The agreement provides for both parties to cooperate in implementing the planned works under the Tram Network Protection Zone. This includes the implementation of a number of related activities; for example Dubai Municipality is to ensure that its contractors are issued with no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the RTA for carrying out restricted jobs in the Protection Zone, and the RTA is committed to issuing the required NOCs to the contractors of the municipality to undertake activities restricted in the Protection Zone within 14 working days at most from the date of filing application by the concerned contractors of the municipality.

Among the key points the two parties are obliged to keep in mind while carrying out joint works is that they will avoid causing disruption to the tram’s operations and maintenance, vehicles of the municipality’s contractors will avoid using the tramway, besides taking care to avoid blocking the view of the directional signage, pedestrian markings, road users, and the traffic signs in the protection zone.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the RTA by Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of RTA Rail Agency, and by Salah Abdul Rahman Ameeri, Assistant Director General for Environment and Public Health Services Sector on behalf of Dubai Municipality.