Muscat: Majlis Al Shura continued discussions with Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, for the second day Wednesday after he delivered a statement about the achievements of and challenges faced by the Transport and Communications sectors in Oman.
Members of the Majlis Al Shura raised many queries, most of which focused on the importance of equitable distribution of transport connection projects connecting all the governorates.
The members demanded that the Ministry of Transport and Communications must build a number of flyovers and tunnels as well as refurbish the roads nationwide.
They also demanded building of flyovers in some areas where wadis cross the roads, resulting in damages that lead to blockade of those roads.
Some members demanded that the ministry has to build roads for those living in the mountainous areas across the country.
Majlis Al Shura members wondered about the reasons behind delay in implementation of some vital projects, calling upon the ministry to complete the work at the Al Batinah coastal road by coordinating with the competent authorities to expedite all work.
They urged the ministry to exploit various domestic airports in the Al Wusta governorate as well as change the names of some airports. They demanded that the ministry should develop the postal sector in the country and strengthen the telecom networks in certain areas.
Members pointed out that there was no real competition between telecom companies in Oman which was leading to the soaring prices of internet.
Members also discussed the railway project, stressing that the standards used in determining the course of the railway should be of general interest to the nation. One of the members asked about building a border post linking Dhofar governorate with Saudi Arabia.
The Minister of Transport and Communications delivered a statement of his ministry before the council on Tuesday about the transport, ports, maritime affairs, telecommunication and civic aviation in Oman.
He also discussed the strategies for the ministry to upgrade those sectors and the projects being implemented by the ministry to upgrade roads, ports and challenges faced by these sectors.