Car workshops move, but leave behind the blemish

Although the Makkah municipality has shifted all car workshops away from Al-Aziziya district of Makkah, it has yet to clear the debris left behind by them.

By Abdulaziz Al-Rubaie

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

MAKKAH — Although the car workshops in Aziziyah district of Makkah were shifted away from the neighborhood about a month ago, the residents say the residues left behind them still pose a safety hazard.

The residents asked the municipality to complete its good work by removing the thousands of tons of debris left behind.

They said the debris, consisting of car parts, were causing environmental pollution.

“The municipality should have an integrated plan that will include the removal of the leftovers,” said a resident, who did not want to be identified.

Mohammed Osman, another resident, said their happiness was incomplete ecause thousands tons of debris were still left behind in their neighborhood.

“Aziziyah used to be one of the most beautiful areas in Makkah but now it looks ugly and dreary because of the debris left behind by these workshops,” he said.

He asked the municipality to remove the leftovers as quickly as possible so that their neighborhood will regain its old beauty.

Ali Zaid said the municipality has done the bulk of the work by removing the workshops so it should not be difficult for it to get rid of the debris.

He said the common saying that “he moved but left behind the worse effect” is applicable in this case.

Saad Al-Omairi asked for cleaning and purging the marks left behind by the removal of the workshops and said they were ashamed to invite guests to their homes so that they are not shocked by the ugliness of the district, which used to be one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Makkah.