Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stressed the need to quickly remove illegal encroachments along the River Nile, waterways, and agricultural lands, and take the necessary actions against violators.
Madbouly explained that the government should protect the country’s water resources and agricultural lands.
He added that a weekly cabinet meeting will be held to review the government efforts in this regard, in the presence of representatives from the ministers of water resources, irrigation, interior, agriculture, and local development.
Madbouly pointed out that the state will take punitive measures against illegal building on waterways or agricultural lands, noting that a new monitoring system will be put in place to detect violations on agricultural lands.
During the meeting, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aty, asserted that more than 18,500 encroachments on the Nile were removed.
The Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, ElSaid ElKosayr, stated that a total of 20,975 illegal buildings were detected on agricultural lands since January 2021, on a total area of 950 feddan, of which 11,957 buildings were removed.