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Monday, April 13, 2009

Khaled vows to protect rights of evicted people

Hasan Hatrash, Arab News

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced yesterday that housing units would be provided to evicted residents of unorganized residential districts surrounding Khozam area that are under development.

He said the residents’ rights were given top priority under the Khozam area development plan.

“We shall prepare all the conditions and facilities necessary to create a better life for residents of the city,” he said.

Prince Khaled was speaking to reporters during an inspection visit yesterday to the Khozam area development project. Work on the project started last month.

The prince noted that the project, which includes the development of four districts, has been initiated with a successful start.

“People will feel the importance of this project after its completion,” he said.

He said the project “is a human development project,” which has security, economic, social and cultural dimensions. “It would result in great improvement in the living conditions of the people of the districts who are deprived of basic amenities,” he said.

He added that the developed districts would have a modern infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and all other facilities.

Abdullatif Al-Shallash, CEO of Khozam Real Estate Company, which is handling the project, said the project would be completed in record time in view of the global economic crisis.

The project will be completed according to a precise time schedule, he said, adding that the whole project is expected to be ready in five years.

The first phase of the project will begin in downtown Jeddah. Buildings in the area will be evacuated beginning September. The second phase will include Al-Sabeel district and is expected to begin in May next year. The third and fourth phases covering Khozam and Al-Nuzlah areas respectively will start by August 2011.

“The infrastructure and public services in these districts are excepted to be ready by the end of June 2014,” he said.

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