Word on the street: Evicting single men from residential areas
Public opinion on the streets of Muscat
Do you think it is a good move to evict single males from residential areas?
Dr Safa Eysa, Radiologist
Yes, it is good. According to our tradition and religion, families find it difficult to live in areas occupied by single men and make things awkward for all.
Nasser al Husani, Manager
Yes, it is a good step because single male workers often cause inconvenience to families due to their carefree lifestyle. It is better to allocate specific places especially near their work sites so that they too are not inconvenienced.
Sultan al Rawahi, Private sector employee
I am for this move because it will provide security to families. I think it is better to allocate single male workers specific areas where they can live peacefully and let others live in peace as well.
Yusuf al Balushi, Government employee
I don’t think it is a good move if it applies to Omanis as well. Maybe, it is good to segregate single male expatriates but how can you not allow Omanis to reside in any area?
Dr Abdul Momin, Doctor
It is good to have bachelor accommodation in designated areas as it provides a proper environment for them to live and roam around without thinking of offending others. Whereas if they are allowed in areas occupied by families, it creates uneasiness.
Syed Aleem, Private sector employee
Authorities should first make arrangements for providing affordable residential areas for bachelors then start cracking down on them. Good housing options are quite limited for a bachelor.
What do you think are the problems associated with single men living in residential areas?
Dev Kanta Ghosh, Section sales manager
Single men have a different lifestyle in comparison to those with families. This might create differences and cause friction. Children benefit a lot when they have other children as their neighbours. Also, women are more comfortable when families live in the neighbourhood. So, I appreciate if authorities allocate dedicated localities for singles and those with families.
Gourav Gawda, Sales engineer
In most cases single men do not follow any time schedule as opposed to families. Such things often lead to problems. Both parties will not be comfortable with each other’s lifestyle. Families are quite cautious in their approach.
Humaid Nasser, HR manager
Those with families are usually hesitant to mingle with single men in the neighbourhood. A positive and happy atmosphere does not prevail as there is not much interaction. A family residing in a building follows a time table if there are children in the family. The same does not hold true for single men.
Surina Chandrasekhar, Homemaker
My daughters are teenagers and I make it a point not to leave them alone when they are going out. Somehow, I am not comfortable with the idea of single men residing in our area and allowing my daughters to go out alone.
Asmita Sikdar, Teacher
It is not necessary that all single men residing in an area can cause any problem to other residents. I have never had any bad experience so far. I have been living in my present house for the last five years and there are many single men in our building.
Amit Dutta, IT sector
Most single men roam around till late at night and cause nuisance to others living in the area. However, we cannot generalise, because in the building I stay at present houses many single men but they are quite well-mannered.
What alternatives should the authorities be looking at to facilitate proper living areas for single men ?
Mohammed Mosharraf, Private sector employee
The best idea is to have more flats or small buildings in select areas for bachelors. These buildings must be equipped with proper kitchen and bathrooms so that people can live comfortably.
Mohammed Munna, Businessman
This is a good move by the authorities and I welcome it. The best option will be to get companies to construct buildings solely for single men in select areas. This will be good for them as they would be able to socialise and also use company transport to commute to work.
Munir Ahmed, Businessman
The best alternative will be to have buildings specifically constructed for bachelors. Rooms can be shared in these buildings. They should have attached bathrooms, a common room and kitchen facility. These buildings must be situated close to a bus stop for easy commute.
Aravind Buchaiah Boddu, Medical underwriter
Most companies are aware of this rule and they ensure that bachelors are put up in separate buildings. But if some companies violate the rule, complaints from neighbouring families often force them to relocate these workers to other areas. Further restrictions aren’t necessary.
Harjeet Singh Ajmani, Head of finance
The authorities should encourage developers to construct buildings to accommodate bachelor workers in designated areas. These buildings can be of good quality but built in a cost-effective way.
Yahya Hamed Saif al Gharbi, Claims executive
The authorities are doing a good job by allowing companies to set up bachelor camps, some of which even offer meals and transport to and from worksites. The private sector will solve this problem by itself. It’s basic supply and demand. No action from the authorities is required.