Doha / Emirates Business
Tightening its grip on engineering consultancies, the government has cancelled the licences of at least nine errant firms and detected 87 violations this year.
The punished firms include A grade consultancies. There are still some consultancies with engineers not registered with authorities.
A committee at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment licenses engineers and engineering consultancies.
Many members of the Committee have recently been given judicial powers. They launch inspection drives and detect violations at construction sites and offices of consultancy firms.
A total of 325 engineering consultancies, including international firms, operate in the country. According to committee head Khalid Al Sadd, violations this year include absent engineers at construction sites, non-registration of engineers with the committee and flouting of rules on specialisation of engineers. Engineers with specialisation need to supervise some work on construction sites, said Al Sadd, himself an engineer.
Huge fines await consultancy firms and engineers found flouting rules and regulations and the committee’s instructions. This January some 800 engineers, mainly from the consultancies, applied for registration with the committee, said Al Sadd.
He said there were many complaints against the nine consultancies whose licences have been cancelled. The action was taken after the complaints were found to be genuine. The action was taken as per provisions of Law No 2 of 2014, which replaced Law No. 19 of 2005, said Al Sadd.