FILE - Government removed an illegal building on agricultural lands- Press photo/ Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation
CAIRO - 8 August 2019: The Supreme Committee for State Land Restoration removed squatters from 193,000 feddans of agricultural lands and 3.5 million square meters of building lands in 10 days.
That is part of the 13th round of a campaign aimed at the restoration of state-owned lands encroached upon and that was launched in 2017 by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
The round, which kicked off on July 1, has recovered until present around a million feddans of agricultural lands and about 140 million square meters of building lands.
The committee has received more than 272,000 requests by squatters to legalize their acquisition of the lands in accordance to law. Hence, concerned bodies signed 3,000 contracts with some squatters.
By July, the Nile Protection and Development Sector at the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources removed 23 encroachments along the Nile River in six governorates that are Kafr El Sheikh, Menya, Sohag, Damietta, Gharbeya, and Beheira.
Subsequently, the total number of cleared away encroachments along the Nile River has become 46,306 out of 52,777 cases detected since January 5, 2015 in the 16 governorates lying on the banks of the Nile River.