CAIRO: A national campaign for saving the Nile River has succeeded to remove some 2182 transgressions on the river’s banks, Ministry of Water resources and Irrigation said in a statement Thursday.
Launched in January 2015, the “Nile Charter Campaign” aims to remove 50, 399 violations that affect the river, which is the main water resource for Egypt.
The encroachments are monitored via satellite and aerial photography, and the footage is reviewed by “Nile Guards” Committee formed as part of the campaign.
A “Nile Saving Counter” statement issued by the Ministry said that, during the past 24 hours, the campaign removed 54 violations in Beheira, Damietta, Minya, Sohag and Aswan governorates.
A new decision was approved to remove all fish cages located on both Nile branches in Damietta and Rosetta, according to the Ministry of Irrigation, Hossam Moghazy.
The presence of these cages on the Nile “leads to the formation of water weeds that disables the waterway and reduces its efficiency,” Moghazy was quoted by Youm7 Thursday.
According to latest statistics, the number of fish cages, resulting in continual pollution to the river, reached 28, 000 in 2011. These cages represent “violations to the laws and to the regulating legislations,” added Moghazy.
Furthermore, he urged that removing transgressions located near the river is a national and institutional duty, and that he “would not tolerate with violators,” and the law will be applied to everyone with no exceptions.
MENA reported in January that all licenses granted by the ministry for building on the two banks of the Nile have been suspended until further notice.
Additional reporting by Asmaa Nassar