Investigative Bloggerism: How to Trick the Ministry in Kuwait

Trickery and tomfoolery are traits that unfortunately run rampant within many an individual, blurring the line between right and wrong, offsetting morality in favor of some other personal factor, be it intrinsic in nature or, as most naturally is the case, monetary.

Since the turn of the new millennium, Kuwait has been facing a rising problem with congestion and traffic.

Kuwait, or rather, any country in the world, contains two major types of areas; Commercial & Residential.

What one is bound to understand from the terms “Commercial” and “Residential” is that residential areas are where a person resides, and commercial areas are where businesses are located.

From a monetary prospective, commercial entities pay more rent than residential, and require more in terms of infrastructure.

The following photo is an alarming trend occurring in Residential areas in Kuwait:

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A container truck, in a residential area

A commercial truck of containerized goods  unloading its stored content. How is it here? Why? Here is the answer.

According to certain architectural sources, residential buildings in congested areas require the provision of underground parking in the blue prints, submitted to the Ministry to grant the building license. This is done and the “parking lot” is made, the surveyors ensure its presence before allowing the building to tap into the electricity and water grids.

What the Ministry does not follow up with however is how the landlord, hell bent on squeezing the last possible dime from this project, offers parking to the residents at much higher prices (for example, the rent is 230KD a month, with 40KD a month extra for parking) or even not offer it to residents at all. At which point, this empty space is converted into storage space, which is then sold to companies to further line the owners pocket with Dinar.

If there were surprise checks by government officials on these buildings, this incident would not occur, however, if companies are allowed to forgo paying a 100KD “fire-man fee” to ensure safety of elevators installed in their buildings, then I guess anything is possible.

Causes for concern include big trucks driving down roads that were not designed to facilitate, causing breakages and damage, which later disrupts traffic and could potentially damage vehicles in the area (especially if unaware of such breakages). Not to mention the traffic congestion brought about by including such big trucks amidst smaller cars.

There does not seem to be a fix for this in the foreseeable future.

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