Erbil Municipality launches campaign to remove dry grass, weeds

This initiative, funded by the Erbil Municipality Directorate, aims to mitigate fire hazards and enhance the city's appearance.
A view of 120 M. Ring Road in Erbil. (Photo: Hemn Group)
A view of 120 M. Ring Road in Erbil. (Photo: Hemn Group)

Erbil (Kurdistan24) – The Erbil Municipality has commenced the removal of dry grass, hay, and weeds from the side roads and surrounding areas of Erbil.

This initiative, funded by the Erbil Municipality Directorate, aims to mitigate fire hazards and enhance the city's appearance.

Karzan Abdul Hadi, head of Erbil Municipality, informed Kurdistan24 on Sunday, June 2, 2024, that the recent rains have led to an abundance of weeds and unwanted plants, which have dried up with the onset of summer.

"These weeds pose a considerable fire risk and other safety concerns. Therefore, we have launched this campaign to remove them and improve the cityscape," Hadi stated.

He added that this ongoing process is funded by the Municipality and will be conducted monthly. The Directorate of Gardens and Parks Engineering, all nine departments of the Municipality, and cleaning companies will supervise the efforts.

"We have completed 80 percent of the 120-meter and 150-meter streets in our municipality, which will be finished soon," Hadi said. He emphasized that areas with trees received special attention to prevent potential fire damage to the trees caused by the weeds.

Hadi also highlighted the environmental considerations of this initiative, noting the importance of addressing air pollution.

Additionally, he mentioned that 15% of the Erbil province and municipality funds are allocated to repairing and reconstructing streets with potholes and failures, with ongoing efforts by all six directorates.

Regarding the renovation of the 100-meter street near the Western Hospital, Hadi noted that it is a priority in their 2024 plan.

However, due to financial constraints, implementation has been delayed. "Once the finances are provided, the plan will go ahead as intended," Hadi assured.