The Public Works Authority has urged the public to desist from harassing workers involved in its various project works.
Ashghal said yesterday that their workers were often being subjected to verbal abuse by the public, both expatriates and nationals, in the name of road closures and diversions.
"People must understand the temporary inconveniences that they are facing is the pangs prior to the birth of a new-look Doha," Ashghal said in a release.
"We often face verbal abuses from the public in the name of road closure and diversion. It is sad that even the nationals are not different. I wonder why they are not realizing the importance of such major projects," Ashghal quoted an Egyptian heavy machine operator as saying.
Kita Sima, an expatriate labourer working with one the prestigious projects of Ashghal, also shared the same view. "Even the nationals forget the fact that the temporary inconveniences are for a better Qatar and they are the ultimate beneficiaries of these works", he said.
Guma Abu Smra, another Egyptian worker, wanted the nationals to be patient and stop grumbling against Ashghal projects in the name of temporary inconveniences.
Quoting a noted local columnist Ashghal said: "Qatar's labor force is working hard to construct our schools, hospitals, streets, tunnels, bridges, our new airport and oil fields. They are living under worst environmental conditions to offer us a civilised and modern life".
Ashghal, which spoke to a cross section of expatriate employees, was told by them that the workers were facing a series of problems due to poor accommodation facilities.
The overcrowded accommodation leads to many problems including fights since many people want to engage in different things at the same time. "While one worker is sleeping the other wants to watch television and the third one will switch on lights, yet another wants to lit his cigarette," Ashghal quoted an Egyptian worker as saying.
Source: The Peninsula