CAIRO: A total of 25 illegally-constructed buildings were demolished around the July 26 corridor and the Ring Road in Giza in a crackdown on illegal construction that began a week ago, Giza Governor Kamal al-Daly told Youm7 Thursday.
The Giza Governorate began the crackdown in a bid to remove encroachments on state lands and farmlands. One building was demolished twice, as its owner started to rebuild it after it was demolished, according to Youm7.
The areas where illegal buildings have been demolished also include the towns of Kerdasa and Awsim.
The area around July 26 corridor leading to 6 October City is mainly farmland.
Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture will refer a bill to parliament that criminalizes building encroachments on arable lands, Eid Hawash, ministry spokesperson told The Cairo Post in April.
The bill stipulates that any violators who bulldoze, construct buildings or silos on arable land shall be imprisoned for up to five years and be fined 300,000 EGP ($33,783) per acre, according to the bill. The violating buildings will be removed immediately.
Since the January 25 Revolution, a total of 1.5 million encroachment cases have been reported, violating a total of 66,000 acres nationwide, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Agriculture in March. In the past, there was no law to criminalize encroachments on agricultural lands.