A NATIONAL strategy to develop Bahrain's clubs, youth centres and sports facilities is underway, revealed a government minister.
Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi, who is also the minister in charge of the General Organisation for Youth and Sports (Goys), urged parliament to increase the budget this year in a bid to fund more development projects.
"From our side we have put forth our needs and we hope parliament would give the necessary funding to go ahead," he said during yesterday's parliamentary session.
"We have spent BD13 million to develop the National Stadium and the Khalifa bin Salman Sports City and they are just a few of the many projects that will come up in a few years.
"The Khalifa bin Salman Sports City is in its first phase and more facilities will be built, including youth hostels and a new track and field.
"More clubs will be built across the country - plans for which have already been referred for execution."
He said the West Riffa Club underwent maintenance worth BD60,000 in addition to a BD20,000 budget set aside for its monthly operations.
"We installed artificial grass and have a side pitch with natural grass. Developments are ongoing," he added.
Dr Al Nuaimi was responding to questions by MPs Ali Shamtoot and Ali Al Zayed on sports and youth strategies and progress of work.
Meanwhile, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Minister Dr Juma Al Ka'abi told MPs the new Hoora jetty would be built in line with Al Fateh Corniche's multi-million dinar development plan, which will start in the next few months.
He also denied accusations that Dair and Samaheej, the only Shiite-dominated constituencies in the Muharraq Governorate, were snubbed from development plans.
"We are planning to construct a public park in Samaheej and have also allocated land for its charitable society. Both villages are a priority for urban development in the government's future plans," he stressed.
"More could be approved with the availability of necessary budgets and if the Muharraq Municipal Council instructs us to do so."
He was responding to a question by parliament services committee chairman and area MP Abbas Al Madi on the ministry's negligence of both villages.