Shura panel debates digging of wells on agricultural lands

MUSCAT: The Committee of Services and Social Development at Majlis Ash’shura hosted officials from the Ministry of Housing, the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to discuss the issue of digging wells on agricultural lands. The meeting was headed by Dr Hamoud bin Ahmed al Yahyai, Head of the Committee, in the presence of Ali bin Zahir al Abri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, and members of the Committee.
During the meeting, the mechanism was discussed to determine the places where permits are given to dig wells in agricultural lands, and the necessary environmental and engineering standards and requirements to be considered for drilling, upgrading, maintaining or replacing wells, licences for drilling wells, increasing their capacity and maintenance or changing the purposes of their use. The meeting also discussed the considerations put forward by the concerned ministries for the border wilayats to allow them to issue permits for drilling wells and the agreements regulating this matter. — ONA