CAIRO: Some 7,017 encroachments upon the Nile River have been removed in 2015, according to a Monday statement by the Irrigation Ministry.
The Nile Protection Sector of the Irrigation Ministry removed nine encroachments on the river in Dakahlia, the Delta, Qena and Aswan in Upper Egypt on Monday.
The ministry launched the Nile Charter Campaign in January to remove a total of 50, 399 violations detected on the banks of the Nile. It also set the hotline 15116 for citizens to report such encroachments.
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 the Technical Institute for Surveying.
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.
The encroachments include illegal construction on the Nile’s banks, unlicensed fish farming, industrial waste and other forms of pollution.