The Damascus governorate announced the beginning of the construction work and the casting of the raft foundation of the tower “BB 127”. This is one of the towers of the alternative housing project in the second planning zone, south of the southern ring road, known as Basilia City. This project is in collaboration between the Damascus governorate, the General Company for Roads and Bridges, and public companies under the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.
Muammar al-Dakak, director of technical studies in the Damascus governorate, said that the construction of the tower is carried out by the Damascus Branch of the General Company for Roads and Bridges. The project’s area is 1,520 square meters and its volume is 2,882 cubic meters. The size of the concrete casting is one of the largest volumes implemented in the project, Dakak told SANA agency.
Dakak added that the governorate has contracted with public sector construction institutions to implement 11 residential towers. Six of these towers are currently being implemented by the General Company for Roads and Bridges and the General Corporation for the Execution of Military Constructions, Damascus Branch. The other five towers are in direct operation, after being contracted with the General Company for Building and Reconstruction and the General Corporation for Military Housing.
Jacqueline Shadoud, director of the alternative housing project at the Public Housing Corporation, said the concrete casting of the raft foundation will last more than 20 continuous hours for the 21-story tower. The latter includes five cellars, a ground floor, and 15 residential floors, with a total of 120 apartments and a floor area of 8,440 square meters.
In 2012, President Bashar al-Assad issued Decree 66, which established two planning zones within Damascus’ public vision. This includes rehabilitating areas of violations and informal housing, according to specific detailed planning studies.
The first area includes the southeast of Mezze (Khalaf al-Razi neighborhood), from the two real estate areas of Meza-Kafar Sousah, known as “Marota City”. The second area includes the south of the southern ring road of the real estate areas of Meza- Kafar Sousah – Qanawat – Basatin – Darayya – Kadam, known as “Basilia City.”
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