Over 26% drop in allotment of housing plots

Muscat - 

There has been a 26.2 per cent decline in the number of residential plots allotted by the Ministry of Housing in the sultanate in the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest report by the National Centre for Statistics and Information. 

The number of allotted residential plots dropped to 7,581 from 10,269 issued during the same period last year. The biggest jump in the number of granted plots was recorded in the governorates of Musandam and South Sharqiyah.

There was a rise in the allotted residential plots in Musandam, which rose to 503 from last year’s 14 while in South Sharqiyah, land allotments increased by 125 per cent to 360 from last year’s 160. Muscat registered a 46.1 per cent growth in the number of plots issued at 738 while Dhofar registered a decline of 90.2 per cent at 40.

The number of plots allotted in Buraimi and Dakhliyah stood at 322 and 2,225 respectively marking a rise of 51.2 per cent and 80.5 per cent respectively. North Batinah saw a 91.2 per cent decline in the number of residential plots allotted at 109 while South Batinah logged a 4.2 per cent rise in allotment at 2,324.

North Sharqiyah and Dhahirah witnessed a decline of 78.5 per cent and 94.4 per cent at 371 and 131 plots respectively. Al Wusta on the other hand logged a 118.1 per cent growth in the number of allotted residential plots in the first three months of 2017 at 458.

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