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The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
The call to regulate scrap yards in Bahrain is gaining traction, with lawmakers calling them a “safe haven” and “breeding ground” for criminal activity.
Thousands of dinars worth of metals and other items find their way into the Kingdom’s scrapyards every year, where criminals would also use them for a few queries at the quick money source.
The heists would also contribute to an endless cycle of thefts, which law enforcement cannot follow. Municipalities also accuse scrapyards of failing to maintain safety and security measures, despite being under the aegis of the commercial register.
“Their irresponsible actions also expose nearby communities to serious dangers, including fires.” City officials say these places have become a haven for irregular workers and criminal elements to sell stolen goods.
“The only way out is to ensure accountability and follow-up.” According to the president of the southern city council, Bader Al Tamimi, “it is high time to intervene and shape them into markets that would serve the economy”.
Several proposals in this regard have gone into the abyss, he said, adding that each of the queries is returned with the response that we are “studying”. “Delaying action is also denying an opportunity to develop these places and create job opportunities.
Muharraq City Council Chairman Ghazi Al-Morbati stressed the need for regulation to organize the sector to create more jobs. “It would generate substantial income for Bahraini families in the area,” he said.
“The breakage, he wondered, had existed in the Kingdom for several years, but it is not yet clear who is responsible for it.” He also suggested developing a unified space for scrap collection to ensure accountability.
Muhammad Saad Al Dosari, a member of the Northern City Council, stressed the need to place the Kingdom’s scrapyards under specific authority to ensure accountability for everything that enters and leaves these yards.
“This would help preserve the environment and the safety of areas that employ many expatriate workers. “The presence of appropriate laws will also ensure regular employment and eliminate commercial fraud.”
Since 2016 there have been numerous reports of scrap yards being used by “mafias” as a cover to sell illegal weapons, drugs, stolen cars and dangerous chemicals, with the place seeing major fires that sometimes put until a day to die out.
It was also reported that the quarry area, located near the scrapyard in Askar, had been repeatedly targeted in a series of nighttime raids by thieves who took away the stone by truckloads – the quarry resumed its operations. activities in 2015 after being closed for eight years.
Urbaser Bahrain, which carries out waste management operations in the northern and southern governorates, has won a contract to operate the landfill and set up sorting and recycling facilities as part of a plan to extend the life of the site until 2025.
Two years ago, an inferno engulfed a junkyard in Askar with flames engulfing scrap vehicles and plastic waste along with wooden shacks and other debris.
The fire was so intense that wisps of black smoke continued to rise into the sky for more than six hours and the thick plumes could be seen as far away as Sitra, 23 km away.