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122 illegal land grabbing cases in 2020; municipality keeps eye on encroachers

27 Dec 2020 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat Municipality has recorded 122 land encroachment cases in 2020. The municipality said such land grabbing disrupts the provision of services to citizens and residents.

The municipality said people seize plots of land near residential areas or farms, to build animal pens, or to store agricultural goods or dump waste, leading to air pollution in the area.

Fahd al Azri, head of the Awareness Programmes Department in the municipality, said, “The practice includes random constructions inside residential areas or farms, porta cabins and fencing of some lands to be used as sheep pens.”

Eng Badr bin Ali al Bahri, head of the General Directorate of Muscat Municipality in Seeb, said 22 random encroachments were registered in the wilayat of Seeb in 2020, compared to 18 cases in 2019.

Eng Hilal bin Said al Maamari, head of the Technical Inspection Department at the General Directorate of the municipality in Amerat, said that the civic body is making strenuous efforts to stop the practice and urged the community to abide by the law. 

The Amerat Directorate recorded 28 random encroachments, he added.

Marhoon al Jahhami, a legal employee at the General Directorate of Muscat Municipality in Quriyat, said, “The municipality in Quriyat attended to 21 random encroachment cases in 2020 compared to 11 in 2019.”

Mohammad al Kindi, director of the Legal Follow-up Department at the General Directorate of Muscat Municipality in Bausher, said the directorate registered 20 violations compared to 22 in 2019.

Mohammed Salim al Mahrouqi, media coordinator at the General Directorate of Muscat Municipality in Muttrah, said, “The municipality is making great efforts to curb the practice. Muttrah recorded 31 random encroachments.”


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