Ashghal, Qatar’s Public Works Authority, has started working on a major infrastructure project at the wholesale market and Fish Market in Abu Hamour to provide for surface water drainage and a new foul-water system.

The project also includes the demolition of the existing pumping station and the construction of a new pre-treatment facility and connection to the nearby foul mains network, to enable treatment of the high-salt-concentrated water before discharging it. It aims to solve these issues and provide better services to the residents and visitors of the area, and overhaul the drainage system in the area.

The project is part of a wider proposal by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning for the upgrade and renovation of Fish Market development to improve the services provided to the public visiting the wholesale markets. Development of the drainage and sewerage networks in Fish Market in Abu Hamour is one of Ashghal’s Local Roads and Drainage programme projects to develop, improve and enhance infrastructure facilities to meet Qatar’s demands for urban development.

While the Bu Hamour area has developed significantly over the years, the infrastructure needed has not. Both the wholesale market and Fish Market have continued to suffer from storm water overflows in the wintertime and an inefficient septic tank sewerage system. An additional problem is that waste water from the area has high concentration of salt, which is unsuitable for the existing system of public sewers.

Along with being a vibrant, commercial Fish Market that plays a pivotal role in promoting local fish production, the market is part of the fabric of daily life in Doha and an important destination for consumers and tourists alike.

Ashghal will design, build, test and commission a new storm water drainage system, where water will be collected in a catchment area of 8,000 m2 designed to manage the rainwater drainage for the existing and future developments.

According to Ashghal, the progress has been good as they recently completed the sewerage and storm water drainage networks in and around the Fish Market area. The works comprise 38% of the total project which will cost QR18.5 million and is estimated to be completed in Q2 of 2015.