By Muath Freij – Feb 21,2016

AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has decided to include new districts under its management in order to serve the growing number of residents in the capital, a GAM official said on Sunday.

GAM spokesperson, Izzedin Shammout, said there are many empty spaces located in parts of the capital that fall under GAM’s oversight.

“There are already 4 million people residing in the capital and this is the number we had expected to reach by 2025, so instead of constructing additional floors in new housing buildings, we can expand the space horizontally,” he told The Jordan Times over the phone.

The municipal official said good quality services will be provided to these new areas.

“The new areas will function as residential and commercial districts,” he added.

Shammout said this step will help ease the pressure on housing in the centre of the capital and encourage people, including investors, to consider new areas.

The first new district to be added to Amman, called Um Al Aqareb, is a 1,000 dunum area located to the north of Tariq District.

Amman currently consists of 22 districts, according to Shammout.
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