Saudi Gazette report
JEDDAH – Many people have left Yaqoot residential district in Obhur, north of Jeddah, after selling their houses at cheap prices due to a lack of basic services such as paved roads and street lights.
Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Abdullah Al-Yami expressed his anger at the municipality for its negligence of Yaqoot, which in Arabic means sapphire, and its worsening condition.
“The municipality has contracted out development projects in Yaqoot to a very bad company. It has not done anything for its development,” he pointed out.
He said the company did not pave the district’s streets and did not install street lights. “The municipality is responsible for this situation as it did not monitor the company’s works,” he added.
“Most residents have sold their homes at cheap prices and left the district looking for places having better services,” Al-Yami said.
Other residents also blamed the municipality for the poor situation of Yaqoot. “We blame ourselves for purchasing land and building homes in this place, which lacks basic services,” said one resident.
Fawaz Abu Sabae said Yaqoot faces an acute lack of basic services. “Its roads are muddy and not yet paved,” he told Okaz/Saudi Gazette. “I never expected the situation of Yaqoot to become this bad. When I purchased land in Yaqoot I believed it would have a bright future being located in a posh area in northern Obhur.”
He added: “I now understand that my calculations were wrong.”
He urged the authorities to take quick action for the overall development of Yaqoot.
Fawaz Muhiyuddin also spoke about the dearth of public services in Yaqoot. “Poor services have given a bad impression about this posh district. People who visit the district will think that they are in a remote village away from eyes of officials,” he explained.
“Yaqoot on the other hand is located in a posh area in the heart of northern Obhur,” Muhiyuddin said.
He called upon the municipality to provide the district with basic services such as paved roads and street lights without further delay.