Calls for services

Khor Al-Zubair residents demand infrastructure improvements following sub-district status

BASRA — Local tribal leaders and residents of Khor Al-Zubair in Basra held a large gathering on Monday to address the lack of administrative infrastructure following the area’s upgrade to “sub-district” status at the beginning of the year. The event, attended by several members of the Basra Provincial Council and civil activists, highlighted concerns over the absence of essential services and institutions.

Despite the new designation, Khor Al-Zubair still lacks a district directorate, proper police station, civil defense unit, and other necessary institutions.

“Our primary demand at this meeting is to urge the district director to address the longstanding issues. We have seen no concrete action from the local government since the area was upgraded to a sub-district, so we held this meeting with council members to make our voices heard and find quick solutions,” civil activist Nizar Al-Aidani told 964media.

Abdul Khaleq Amer, one of the local leaders, stated, “We want the implementation of 2024 projects, including the construction of administrative buildings in Khor Al-Zubair. Our key demands are to enhance the city’s importance and provide effective support to over 86,000 residents living among major factories and ports without reaping their benefits.”

Civil activist Hanish Al-Lami informed 964media that a formal statement had been drafted by city leaders, youth, and activists and presented to the provincial council members. The statement highlighted the need for job opportunities for the unemployed residents living near numerous factories and companies and called for the establishment of a traffic department and civil defense unit.

“Khor Al-Zubair should be like other sub-districts in the governorate with an administrative unit and budget allocations for projects and infrastructure. The area lacks basic services and necessities, including a hospital, civil defense, traffic police, parks, family recreational areas, municipal staff and equipment, and schools,” the statement from the leaders of Khor Al-Zubair reads.

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