CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a presidential decree concerning the laws of civil defense to limit the number of illegal buildings, presidential spokesperson Ihab Badawy said in a Thursday statement.
The decision was made in terms of the latest observations on illegal public entities which were built without the Civil Protection Administration’s permission.
Being illegal, the buildings collapsed and caused deaths and injuries to the residents. The new amendments to law 148 of 1959 would limit the risks of illegal building, Badawy added.
According to the new amendments, the civil defense activities of protecting the factories and public entities shall be determined by the Ministry of Interior. The ministry will frame plans and provisions concerning activities in cooperation with specialized agencies.
On June 8, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) created a new website [egyptbuildingcollapses.org] showing that 392 residential building collapsed between July 2012 and June 2013.
There were 317, 948 unlicensed buildings and over 25,000 violating buildings established from Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2012, where most of the thousands of demolition decisions were not implemented, head of Technical Body for inspecting construction works of Housing Ministry Hassan Allam told Al-Ahram on Jan. 23, 2013.
Around 800 families were displaced in a year and 192 people were killed in the collapse of a building due to the lack of governmental monitoring, the website said.
Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdy.