CAIRO: The Egyptian Irrigation and Water Resources Ministry announced Tuesday it has eliminated 6,562 cases of encroachments against the Nile River in 2015, state-owned Al Ahram reported.
“The move comes in the framework of the Nile Charter Campaign that was launched in January for the purpose of removing a total of 50, 399 violations on the river,” the irrigation ministry stated.
Monitored via satellite and aerial photography, the violations are being reviewed by the committee comprised of members from the ministry’s Nile Protection Sector, the Nile Research Institute and Technical Institute for Surveying.
Over 16 violation cases against the Nile have been ended only on Tuesday, the statement said.
Those found guilty of encroaching on the Nile can face up to one year in prison as well as a fine, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Hossam Moghazy said, pointing to an unprecedented surge in violations on the river since the 2011 uprising.