(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The problem of illegal construction and land holding has been on the rise across the country, with maximum violations being reported from North Sharqiyah.
The Directorate General of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources in the governorate demolished 193 illegal holdings between January and May this year.
In the first quarter of 2014, a team represented by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR), ROP, Public Prosecution, Ministry of Housing and the local municipality demolished 122 structures that were in violation of the applicable regulations and laws. The decision to demolish these illegal holdings was taken after thorough checks and following all legal procedures. The purported owners could not prove it was their property and also failed to produce any documents to support their claim.
The municipality of the governorate, accompanied by a team, removed 18 structures in the wilayat of Ibra, 40 in Mudhaibi, 16 in Bidiyah, 43 in Al Qabil and five in Wadi Bani Khalid.
In April, a team from the Directorate General of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources in North Sharqiyah inspected 81 structures and ordered demolition of 39 of them “ two in Ibra, 14 in Mudhaibi, ten in Bidiyah, 12 in Al Qabil and one in Dima Wa al Taien.
In May, the team inspected 47 structures and demolished 32 - three in Ibra, 17 in Mudhaibi and 12 in Bidiyah.
MRMWR officials along with the support of other government entities continue to visit various governorates to check illegal land grabbing and construction.
Meanwhile, Liwa Municipality in North Batinah removed 20 illegal holdings in the Rimailah Square plot last month.
The Directorate General of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources in Buraimi governorate demolished six illegal constructions in Al Fayadh village in the wilayat of Buraimi.
Another team in Al Wusta governorate removed 22 illegal holdings in the wilayat of Duqm, while in Dhahirah governorate, three sites in the wilayat of Yanqul were cleared of illegal possessions.