Environment Ministry files police notice on unauthorized tree-cutting in Maadi
The Merryland Park In March - Photo by Yasmin Mostafa
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CAIRO: Environment Ministry filed a police report against cutting old trees nearby a mosque in Cairo’s upscale district of Maadi without a permit, Youm7 reported Friday.

The complaint was filed after the Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy, who paid an inspection visit to the area, noticed several old trees had been cut near Farouq Mosque.

The minister has immediately ordered to form an urgent committee to investigate into the incident, trace the perpetrators and provide details on the types and specifications of the damaged trees.

Minister of Endowment, Mokhtar Gomaa, also headed to the site and ordered an administrative investigation into the incident.

In March, residents of Heliopolis, one of Cairo’s upscale districts, mounted social media uproar complaining against cutting old trees in the Merryland Park, which is considered part of the district’s heritage.

A project to build a multistory car park underneath the Merryland Park has originated the crisis. The project is currently halted.

Additional reporting by Manal el-Essawi

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