Accession Number:

ADA512926

Title:

Ammana Market Renovation Majjasim, Iraq. Sustainment Assessment

Descriptive Note:

Audit rept.

Corporate Author:

SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA

Report Date:

2009-07-30

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

On 31 May 2009, SIGIR conducted an on-site assessment of the Ammana Market renovation project, funded by the Commanders Emergency Response Program. SIGIR was accompanied by the Civil Capacity Cell Chief of the Multi-National Division-Baghdad and representatives from the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team. Because of security concerns, SIGIR performed only an expedited assessment. The time allotted was approximately 30 minutes therefore, a complete review of all work completed was not possible. The objective of this 0.6 million project was to construct and renovate the Ammana Market to allow for more efficient use of space and time for people buying and selling goods, thereby improving the local economy in Majjasim, a suburb of Baghdad, Iraq. SIGIR determined that adequate information was provided in the specifications for the contractor to complete the final design and construct the Ammana Market. SIGIR identified several construction deficiencies Brackets and four strands of barbed wire along the top of the security wall were not installed. Four strands of barbed wire on the pedestrian and vehicle gates were not installed. Electrical wiring was without conduit and connected to a poorly constructed existing system. Construction of the internal electrical system did not conform to any known code. Steel awnings over the shops were of weak construction. Backflow preventers were not installed in the restrooms. The market had no water service to the restrooms. SIGIR was told that the contractor disconnected the water supply and extorted shopkeepers for money to restore service. Despite the construction deficiencies noted above, at the time of the site visit, the market was open for business merchants were selling goods to the local populace. A section of the interior stalls was enclosed to form a game room for young local residents to play in while their parents shopped. According to the market manager, aside from the water issue, the local merchants are genera

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Construction Equipment, Materials and Supplies
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE