The new law widens the scope for the state’s reconciliation with citizens responsible for building violations, including the possibility to reconcile with buildings that exceed the height specified by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Almost half of Egypt’s constructed buildings in cities and villages is declared by the state as “unplanned”, with thousands of buildings being built without licenses. Of these thousands, a large number of buildings do not comply with safety regulations or can even threaten the safety of aviation for being illegally too tall.
As many as 281,832 building violations around the Nile River have been removed, a report submitted to the minister of water resources said, after warnings of a higher-than-average annual Nile floods currently taking place.
Egypt late in May announced a six-month ban on construction permits in Greater Cairo and Alexandria, in response to continuous building violations. Late in September, the government said citizens having permits can continue constructing their buildings up to the forth floor.
The violations obstruct the water network’s capability to contain excess water during annual Nile floods.
Sisi said that building licenses will not be issued for some places in Cairo again, noting that the decision to stop the licenses was 20 year-late.
The House of Representatives under Ali Abdel Aal has finally approved a bill submitted by the government on reconciliation in some building violations.