By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: Work on the Dh2 billion Dubai Canal project has begun with digging near Safa Park.
Turkish construction giants Mapa and Gunal Constructions have been awarded the contract to carry out the project, while Halcrow and Parsons have been appointed as consultants by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
A senior official at RTA told Gulf News that the work is currently in the preliminary stage and internal road detours are being worked out near Safa Park.
Some service roads near Safa park and parallel to Shaikh Zayed Road have been blocked and traffic is being diverted to adjacent internal routes.
A huge chunk of parking area at the eastern end of Safa Park has also been closed and additional parking spaces at an adjacent vacant plot are being provided.
“We are currently scanning for the underground cables and pipelines. Workers have begun digging to find the cables and water pipelines as well as sewage lines. Our idea is to shift the cables and pipelines from the area before we start excavation for the canal,” said the official on condition of anonymity.
The three-kilometre long project will connect the already extended creek from Business Bay area all they way to Jumeirah beach, cutting through Shaikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road. More info