Based on the directives of His Highness the Prime Minister aimed at reducing the living burdens on citizens, and within the framework of the Council of Ministers’s decision to equate citizens who rent housing from municipal fees with citizens who own their homes, His Excellency Eng. Essam bin Abdullah Khalaf, Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, issued ministerial decisions to reduce, drop and exempt municipal fees Over 155 Bahraini families do not own their own housing and live in rented housing during August 2020 of the current year.
The Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, His Excellency Eng. Essam bin Abdullah Khalaf, stated, “These decisions come in implementation of the supreme desire of the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the beloved monarch of the country, may God preserve and protect him, aimed at providing a decent life for all citizens, by reducing burdens. For their families, through reduced municipal fees that are consistent with the needs of these citizens, as well as exempting some people with limited income from paying future fees or dropping their old debts.
He indicated in accordance with the Municipalities Law No. 35 of 2001 amended by Law No. 38 of 2001 and the Executive Regulations for Municipalities Law promulgated by Cabinet Resolution No. 16 of 2002, especially Paragraph B of Article 48 of the aforementioned regulation based on the proposal of managers All municipalities, municipal fees were reduced for 155 Bahraini families from municipal fees, municipal fees were dropped for 3 Bahraini families, and 8 Bahraini families were exempted from municipal fees during the month of August 2020.
He pointed out that the ministry seeks to harness all capabilities and resources to work to improve the standard of living for citizens and reduce municipal fees for citizens.
His Excellency Minister Khalaf also stressed that there is continuous coordination between Municipalities Affairs and the Consumer Affairs Services Department at the Electricity and Water Authority in order to amend municipal fees for these families in their electricity bills, in implementation of the aforementioned ministerial decisions.