Renovation of Taiz water networks [Archives:2005/842/Business & Economy]

May 16 2005

The city of Taiz suffers from shortages in water and is continuously threatened by torrents resulting from rainfall as the city is situated on mountainous slopes in which great quantities of rainfall torrents flow annually. Thus within the upcoming weeks, work would start for the implementation of a project on renovation of water networks that would reduce loss in water and a sewage project in the city at a cost estimated at $55 million. Local sources clarified that the implementation of the project came after five companies had been successful bidders of the tender and those companies would work together. The sources also said there was a technical study on the third stage of a project for the protection of Taiz city against torrents. The cost of the project is estimated at $65 million, in addition to a study concerning the airport of Taiz for which the preliminary agreement on the project has been granted by the ministry of planning and international cooperation. The sources also indicated that the governorate of Taiz has received half of the World Bank's funding amounts allotted to Yemen while the remainder of governorates has gained the other half of those financings. This is attributed to difficulties in implementing projects in Taiz due to its difficult terrains and geographical nature.