STREET violence has threatened to curtail a campaign to make villages in the Northern Governorate better places to live.
The Elevate scheme, which got underway in May 2009, was halted in February last year due to the unrest.
It is set to be reintroduced on Sunday but will initially only be carried out in three less troubled areas of the governorate and not be rolled out elsewhere until street violence calms down.
Jasra, Budaiya and Saddad have been selected by the Northern Municipal Council to ensure funds from the scheme do not go to waste.
The project, which aims to inspire residents, clubs and societies in the governorate to do more for their community, is being spearheaded by the Northern Municipality in co-ordination with the council.
"On Thursday, the scheme will open officially in Jasra, Budaiya and Saddad - three of the most quietest areas in the governorate - that are away from any vandalism or sabotage," said municipality director-general Yousif Al Ghatam.
"If things cool down in affected areas, then we may consider starting the second phase in September, otherwise we will just focus on the three areas we have now.
"A lot has been done in the governorate's villages and towns in the past few years under the scheme thanks to people's keenness in making their ideas come true with innovative murals, shades for the elderly and plantations on pavements amongst other ideas.
"It was stopped due to the unrest and since I became director-general in January, bringing it back was amongst my priorities, but not in the way it was being implemented in.
"For people to get interested, they have to be given more authorities and powers and things have to be done directly rather than through the municipality or the council.
"Previously people presented ideas and the work was mostly done by the municipality or business sponsors with residents being called whenever needed to do some manpower or artistically difficult work, but now people will have to learn to do everything by themselves from getting sponsorship to implementing their ideas."
Mr Al Ghatam said the municipality will help provide materials whenever requested, but it will be up to the area's residents to find sponsors.
He said the municipality was already implementing the Northern Parks Scheme to preserve and protect public parks, gardens and coasts and was keen for residents to be part of both initiatives.
"The two schemes are different and have different people interested in them, but there would be no problem having volunteers in Elevate do so innovative project in co-operation with Friends inside parks, gardens and on coasts," he said.