Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Business Bay, Downtown master communities to be interlinked

Two major master communities in Dubai, the Business Bay and Downtown Dubai, will finally be interlinked by the year-end.

These districts will be linked by a road and tunnel that will reduce travel time and offer better accessibility to residents and visitors alike.

The Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Properties Group (DPG), Khalid Al Malik, said that the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will be working to link Business Bay with Downtown Dubai, together by roads and tunnels by the year-end.

He further said that the developers will have to take care of their own infrastructure development, while the authorities will be responsible for taking care of the infrastructure components that belong to them.

While the RTA is working on the roads and bridges, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is working on two new substations and Empower is developing the second cooling station in Business Bay.

DPG has confirmed that sewerage system and portable water system have been installed throughout the district, apart from new irrigation system, traffic lights and street lighting.

The Dubai Executive Council’s Infrastructure and Environmental Committee has last month discussed the infrastructure issue of Business Bay.  It was then decided to establish a work team comprising Finance department, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Land Department, DPG, DEWA, RTA and other bodies, who would look into various aspects of the project such as water channel, transport, infrastructure, sewage and drainage system, telecommunication, road lighting and cooling. The committee will also extend support for development.

Business Bay is buzzing with construction activity at present, with people having purchased plots lately in the area. They are either in design phases or under construction. Al Malik said that the company has no remaining land plots to sell in the master development.

Business Bay covers 5.9mn square meters of area, and is likely to serve 200,000 people on completion.

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