The Municipal Council of Muscat Governorate held its fourth meeting for this year on Monday under the chairmanship of Sayyid Saud bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Governor of Muscat, and Chairman of the Municipal Council.
The Council reviewed the regulation of the use of residential buildings for commercial purposes in the Governorate of Muscat, with the aim of creating a flexible environment for doing business and determining the type of commercial activities that meet the actual needs of residential neighborhoods in accordance with the requirements regulated by the competent authorities.
The meeting discussed the issue of unlicensed street vendors and their random presence, which distorts the public view and obstructs traffic.
Dr. Muhammad bin Ali al Saadi, Chairman of the Committee, said that the number of vendors is increasing continuously and randomly, which requires rapid intervention by the competent authorities, especially since there is a regulation concerned with regulating the work of street vendors No. (241/2016), where the law specifies the type of activities that the seller practices.
He added, "One of the most important solutions proposed is finding sites for street vendors in the wilayats of Muscat Governorate that provide the required services, activating health requirements and controls, limiting the license to sell to Omani citizens, and preventing the exploitation of children by employing them as street vendors, which has many negative effects."
The Council also approved the recommendations of the Health and Environmental Affairs Committee regarding the spread of electronic cigarettes in the schools of the governorate, through which the dangers of these cigarettes were demonstrated, and the importance of searching for solutions to address them among these age groups.