(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
DOHA: Qatar Rail has kicked off it first working groups meeting for Security and Emergency in preparation for the operational phase of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram projects. The workshop, held at La Cigale Hotel in Doha, was attended by high-ranking officials and representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya), the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), HMC Ambulance Services , Ashghal and Kahramaa.
'We are on the verge of a very significant stage as our projects are witnessing a rapid progress as we approach the operational phase. As such we have adopted a proactive approach toward ensuring the safety and security of our network, said Eng Abdulla Al Subaie, Qatar Rail's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer speaking at the event. 'At this meeting we have brought together, Qatar Rail team, RKH the network operator and key external stakeholders to outline security and emergency measures as we fully appreciate the fact that the success of our operations will not be possible without the support of our partners and the early involvement of our key stakeholders including the Ministry of Interior and its various departments, MoTC and other government bodies. The workshop series is aimed at facilitating communication and reinforcement of efficient coordination between all the concerned parties in case of an emergency. As the safety and security of the railways system is a responsibility that we all carry equally, he added.
Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, Director General of Public Security (Chief of Police), stated: 'We would like to thank Qatar Rail for its efforts to organize this workshop which helps us to have a better understanding of the nature of railway network operations, as well as the necessary security requirements. On our part we will endeavor to put together the plans and strategies needed to prepare for the upcoming phase of operations by allocating all the right resources and equipment necessary to prepare all the security cadres and train them on this new system.
Brigadier General Abdulla Mohamed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the National Command Center, said: 'The creation of a unified communications platform and achieving integration between all concerned authorities are at the top of our priorities at the National Command Center due to the high importance of the operation of railway networks.
Hassan bin Hassan Al Hail, Advisor to the Minister of Transport and Communications, stated: 'MoTC seeks to reinforce joint efforts aiming at guaranteeing the safety and security of the transportation system of Qatar. In the near future, railway services will launch and we are working closely with Qatar Rail and all the concerned authorities to make sure that we are fully prepared for this important phase, as well as provide recommendations pertaining to the safety, security and integration of the railways system with other elements of the transportation system.