CAIRO: A total of 7,370 encroachments on the Nile River have been removed since the beginning of January; 50,399 violations are targeted for removal, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
The Irrigation Ministry launched the Nile Charter Campaign in January 2015 to remove the illegal constructions detected on the banks of the Nile.
The encroachments removed this month were located in Gharbia, Menoufia, Kafr el-Sheikh in the Delta and Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt.
Some 7,017 encroachments upon the Nile River have been removed in 2015, according to a Monday statement by the Irrigation Ministry.
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.