By Rana Yehia
A meeting will be held between the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) and the Ministry of Housing next Sunday in order to resolve the issue regarding the reservations in the “Beit al-Watan” project, vice head of NUCA told Daily News Egypt.
He said that this issue falls under the jurisdiction of the ministry, expecting a solution to it soon and the allocation of new land parcels.
Numerous Beit al-Watan applicants were denied their requests for land parcels after transferring their down-payments, expressing anger due to delays of transfers and the allocation of the land parcels they have chosen to others.
To book a parcel of land in Sheikh Zayed City three days after the door was opened for reservations, an accounting manager in a UAE bank, Abdel Hady Al-Assal, transferred the down-payment, amounting to $123,000.
A month after the transfer, Al-Assal received an e-mail saying that the land he chose is no longer available. He further requested another smaller parcel, but he got the same response another month later.
After the second rejection, he sent an e-mail inquiring about his situation and requesting to have his transfer refunded, but did not receive any response from the government after over 10 days.
“I have chosen to put my money in a government’s project because I trusted it and I did not want to be a victim of a fraud. Now I am disappointed regarding the obscurity of the situation, which might shake citizens’ trust in the government,” Al-Assal added.
Furthermore, he said: “I just want them to respond to my request and make things clearer, to tell me how I am going to refund my money and when.” He also noted that if his money was still in the bank, it would have returned benefits.”