If we stick to certain local media, as usual and in such a period of the holy month of Ramadan, Casablanca is preparing to welcome King Mohammed VI. They want as proof the beauty that is in the process of remaking the largest metropolis in the Kingdom.
And who to write, that the large projects with the consequent delay, failing to finally see the light of day and to be fully ready, have seen their pace accelerate sharply, just to avoid a “royal anger”. The expression is perhaps somewhat exaggerated, but it must be said that the projects started and not finalized are legion in the economic capital, because of the slowness in the program of execution of the works and of which the date of commissioning is inexplicably late. But if it is a fact, it is that the Casablancais are very happy with the visit of the Sovereign in the white city because with each royal visit of the infrastructures see the light of day and renovations or restorations are carried out as if by magic.
It is an open secret that Casablanca has become an open-air construction site. In addition, construction or restoration sites are problematically dragging on, the completion of several projects included in the framework of the Casablanca development program is considerably behind schedule. Some have missed their original delivery time by more than a year. At the beginning of last month, Interior officials went to Casablanca on a mission to inspect large construction sites. This had an impact, we are told, namely, that of encouraging the officials of the city of Casablanca to open the Almohades hopper very recently.
Considered the longest tunnel in Morocco, it stretches over a length of 2,270 kilometers. This project required a budget of 82 billion of our centimes, financed by the Ministry of the Interior (DGCL) to the tune of 270 MDH, the Municipality of Casablanca (60 MDH), Wessal Capital Asset Management (250 MDH) and Al Manar Development Company (240 MDH). The hopper starts 200 m from the Hassan II mosque, and leads to the avenue des Forces l’Armées Royales (FAR) after having taken a drop in the crossroads, along the boulevards Les Almohades, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah and Zaïd Ou H ‘med. The hopper also serves in its passage, the old medina to the east by one, before crossing a second and third junction serving the marina, and ending a little further from the main gate of the station of Casa-port at the Zellaqa roundabout.
The royal visit to Casablanca also anticipated the opening of the tunnel of the Hassan II mosque, closed for long months for work. However, many other infrastructure projects, despite the huge budgets allocated to them thanks to a development fund for the economic capital decided in 2013 when the Sovereign had stressed that Casablanca really knew a governance deficit, during a speech inaugural in Parliament the same year are still pending or at least completion. If since that date, projects have been delivered quickly, others unfortunately saw their deadlines passed and were not completed, without a plausible explanation. Mismanagement is obviously a black spot for the white city.
As proof, the last floods in Casablanca which brought to light the various sanitation dysfunctions and which were characterized by the sewn-up mouth and the irresponsibility of the city council. The latter rejecting, just to clear himself of guilt in the eyes of Bidaouis, the Lydec-style hot potato who was the last wheel of the cart, cashed in without seeing it coming or saying a word. This situation aroused the indignation of the people of Casablanca who did not hesitate to publish their dismay on social networks through testimonies, videos and photos incriminating rightly or wrongly our two “lads”.