Housing Minister removes illegal encroachments on state land in Sohag
Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly issued a decision to remove illegal encroachments built on 285 acres of land in Upper Egypt governorate of Sohag, Youm7 reported Friday.

The encroachments, most of which occurred within the New Sohag city, include residential houses, workshops, farmlands that were established without official permission. The land was allocated by the government to built residential apartments for low-income families and youth.

Land encroachment in Egypt has become rampant since the January 25 Revolution amid an absence of security.

An inside source at the Ministry of Agriculture told Al-Shorouq newspaper that there have been 1.2 million encroachment cases since the January 25 Revolution involving some 47,000 acres.

“Many cases of land encroachment were not officially reported to the judiciary,” the source said, pointing out that the Agriculture Ministry is working with the General Authority for Reconstruction Projects & Agricultural Development to facilitate aerial surveys to count all the cases.

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